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Give Work

Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time



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Give Work by Leila Janah
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Charity is not the answer. Work is. Leila Janah, social entrepreneur and founder ofSamasource, is shaping the future of business: give work and access to income,and empower the world's most destitute citizens with the resources to change theirlives forever.When asked if they'd rather receive aid or work, the world's poorest peoplechoose work every time. According to Leila Janah, giving dignified, steady,fair-wage work is the most effective way to eradicate poverty. Samasource, anonprofit she founded with the express purpose of outsourcing work from thetech industry to the bottom billions, has provided over $10 million in directincome to tens of thousands of people the world had written off, changing thetrajectory of their lives for the better. Janah and her team go into the world'spoorest communities--from the refugee camps of Kenya to rural Arkansas to theblighted neighborhoods of California--and train people to do digital work fromcompanies like Google, Walmart, and Microsoft.Picking up where Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid leaves off, Give Work debunkstraditional and cutting edge aid models and literature--and then, critically, offerssolutions. Based on Janah's firsthand experience, from a school for the blind inGhana to the World Bank, she has tested various Give Work business models in allcorners of the world, offering a blueprint to change it for good. AHarvard-educated former management consultant, Janah shares herentrepreneurial journey as well as the poignant stories of thousands who havebenefited from Samasource's work.We can end extreme poverty. And in Give Work, Leila Janah shows readers thatthe best way is to give people economic agency through work. Give work and yougive the poorest people on the planet a chance at happiness. Give work, and yougive people the freedom to choose how to develop their own communities. Givework, and you create infinite possibilities.

Author Biography

Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, both ventures focused on using new sourcing techniques to reduce poverty. A Harvard-educated former management consultant, she has been profiled in the New York Times, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, and Inc. She was named one of Conde Nast's Daring 25 and Elle's 2016 Top Women in Tech, and Samasource was named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies of 2016. She lives in San Francisco.
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September 15th, 2017
Country of Publication
United States
Prentice Hall Press
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