Just read Out of Poverty by Paul Polak. A good quick read that argues to treat the poor as costumers and create goods that they can both afford and use to generate income on small farms. The writing style is basic and clear, with several useful lists. Here are two:
Twelve steps to practical problem solving
Out Of Poverty
1.Go to where the action is.
2.Talk to the people who have the problem and listen to what they say.
3. Learn everything you can about the Problem’s specific context.
4. Thing big and act big.
5. Think like a child.
6. See and do the obvious.
7. If somebody has already invented it, you don’t need to do so again.
8. Make sure your approach has positive measurable impacts that can be brought to scale. Make sure it can reach at least a million people and make their lives measurably better.
9.Design to specific cost and price targets.
10. Follow practical three-year plans.
11. Continue to learn from your customers.
12. Stay positive: don’t be distracted by what other people think.
In a chapter “Taking action to end poverty”
Practical things you can do
1. If you like what yo’ve read in this book, get ten other people to read it and encourage them to act on what they learn from it.
2. Stoy pitying poor people.
3. Learn as much as you can about poor people in your neighborhood, their specific problems, and the specific context in which they live and work.
4. Become informed about the realities of global poverty and what can be done about it.
5. Invest in viable businesses serving poor customers.
6. Conntribute time and money to organizations that demonstrate specific scalable impacts, and make them accountable for whatever time or money you provide.
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