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A Fascinating Story 23 June 2012
By Siglind Bruhn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Based on her field studies of Grameen Shakti's admirable work for the poor in rural Bangladesh and personal statements of those on the ground, Nancy Wimmer tells the story of the Grameen Bank's sister company, Grameen Shakti Social Business, which brings green electricity even to the remotest villages. She succeeds superbly in painting a lively picture of Shakti's daily operations and presents what could be called a case study for sustainable business. The bank's model of entrepreneurship challenges the common assumption that there is no viable alternative to the systems of self-interested (neo-liberal) capitalism and altruistic charity. Wimmer's book not only reveals Grameen Shakti's innovative approach to business but also why it is so successful.
Want to know how to fight poverty & climate change - READ THIS BOOK 27 December 2014
By Jacqueline Posch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
persistent high levels of POVERTY & environmental degradation / human-induced CLIMATE CHANGE ... two highly pressing interlinked themes which captured my interest and made me decide to investigate more in-depth. Thus, at the end of my "Renewable Energy" Master course I packed my bags and headed towards Dhaka.
I had heard about the great potentials of Microfinance during previous studies and became very excited when I got to know that this miraculous tool has successfully been applied in combination with Renewable Energy technologies by Grameen Shakti (GS) in Bangladesh.
As not much detail literature could be found on GS I was tremendously pleased to discover Nancy's book: "GREEN ENERGY FOR A BILLION POOR", which became my most valuable guide as preparation for my study trip as well as during my stay in Bangladesh. It enabled me to gather a comprehensive view of GS's accomplishments. Nancy's book as precious base for my investigation allowed me to thoroughly understand the needs of the poor and it provided great insight on the key success factors for sustainably promoting REN in rural areas of developing countries. This book paved the way for me to jump well equipped into the field and to undertake fruitful discussions with GS customers and GS employees for my research. I was also very delighted when I got the chance to meet Nancy in person in Dhaka as our study trips overlapped by coincidence. I am convinced that the GS model can offer great help for spreading Renewable Energy technologies and for helping the poor to lift themselves out of poverty all around the world. Thus, I highly recommend reading Nancy's book and to help disseminating the valuable know-how gathered by GS and I want to thank Nancy for her on-going dedication to make the findings more easily accessible.
Enlightening! 4 October 2014
By Katrin Puetz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Is there an alternative to subsidized programs and aid-funded projects to introduce new technologies to rural people in developing countries? Are you ready to give up your view on “poor” people’s inability to help themselves?
Whether your answer is yes or no, in both cases you should read this book. It does not only prove that it is possible to run a successful business in a rural developing world environment. More importantly, it teaches you how a different way of thinking opens more than business opportunities. It defines business in a very new way: here it is not only about satisfying a customer’s demand. It is more about creating a market and then understanding and managing its very diverse and sensitive dynamics. This is a whole new dimension of business and it is so well researched, understood and presented by Nancy Wimmer that one gets very motivated and excited to follow this example of Grameen Shakti.
Without this book so many secrets of the way of successfully doing business with the poor in rural areas of developing countries would still be in the dark – unknown to the world. Because Nancy Wimmer reveals important secrets about this new dimension of business I was able to realize the real challenges for (B)energy and our mobile biogas technology, before we actually faced them. By developing mobile biogas technology on a low tech and low cost basis the foundation for our business was created. And although a social business model was defined from the beginning, my real eagerness was generated from this book. It taught me that understanding the local markets and then using all means of creativity and new ways of thinking to reach the new customers with a product designed for them would be the most interesting part of all. Knowing that it is possible gave me the necessary optimism to start and now to run (B)energy the way we do!
A must read for anyone interested to start a succesfull business in a rural developing market 9 September 2014
By Eveline Bruggink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A must read for anyone interested in building a successful business in a remote developing market. Nancy clearly has in-depth field experience, having lived for a long time with local Bangladeshi families. She knows exactly what to takes to start a business in such a difficult market. This book has helped us a lot in launching our business to bring solar powered light and other new technologies to rural Indonesia. It is full of very useful practical in-sights.
Empowering 25 June 2014
By Michael A Sizemore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a person striving to integrate himself in the social enterprise world, this book provided the necessary motivation, background, and information to continue my progress in this space.

Nacy provides not only the inspiration (both in and outside the book), but also the necessary technical data in order to keep an engineer satisfied. This book gives a great blueprint for furthering the field and setting up replication for the social enterprise model. She couples this with a good focus on the human aspect of sustaining a social enterprise

I would recommend reading this book twice, both in German and English :).

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