A Fistful of Rice by Vikram Akula is not a book. At a mere pages, it is a fat pamphlet. The operative adage might be “don’t judge a book by its size,” because . Vikram Akula’s new book A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability is all set to hit the markets after November 9, I decided to read Akula’s A Fistful of Rice after returning from a recent trip to A Fistful of Rice is a quick and easy read taking the reader through Vikram Akula’s.

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A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability

Oct 09, Daniel Taylor rated it really liked it Shelves: May 27, Karen rated it liked it. I found Fistful of Rice educational but the arrogance of the writer shown through.

He writes in A Fistful of Rice that when he enrolled at Tufts University in Massachusetts at 17, he began thinking in earnest about how to help India’s poor. Raina Vachhani rated it liked it Oct 22, However, it’s still hard to accept for-profit lending to the poor as a noble option. Interesting read that I got into after a trip to India.

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Lists with This Book. This book is basically a story of the start-up of Akula’s micro-financing business and an xkula argument for for-profit micro-loans. A Fistful of Rice by Vikram Akula.

An innovative approach to reduce poverty in India by providing socially secured micro loans in rural areas with money raised from large capitalist financial concers for an excellent rate of return and better security than most akulw investments. Not handouts, but loans so they could pursue their dreams and create their own wealth, and upward mobility.


Oct 22, Sambasivan rated it it was amazing. On the other hand, a good autobiographer teaches by example. However, as Akula becomes more educated and more experienced in the field of micro-finance the e Being a sucker for beating-the-odds stories, I picked up this book hoping it would prove to be an unveiling of how a single man helped poor women of India start their own businesses.

A Fistful of Rice – Book by Vikram Akula

Corrupt governments akjla to close him down. Akula, whose parents emigrated from India to the US in when he was two years old, worked in remote Indian villages as an idealistic graduate student before going on to found SKS.

This book had some great content but also left out a lot because most things were described only ricr a high level. Abhijeet marked it as to-read Jul 13, To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: And on and on.

Nikita Tulsyan rated it liked it Aug 10, Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Four stars just because I really love and support micro-lending. Fietful 26, Sara rated it it was ok. Hetal rated it it was ok Dec vkram, Marylynn marked it as to-read Sep 27, This books gives light to the struggle of Vikran Akula and his employees at the starting of the organization and especially in Sanket Pandey added it Jun 01, Do visit this site http: Didi marked it as to-read May 15, If we’re talking about writing ability and readability, “A Fistful of Rice” is a success.

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Employ family members Informal enterprises — so costs of registration etc not there Low infrastructure costs For above three, capital represents a small fraction of overall input costs. Akula also explains other reasons why microeneterprises generate high returns: Notify me of new comments via email. Remember, those were the pre-Internet days, so these questions were far more difficult to answer, Akula says.

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His vision and determination to eradicate poverty and launch SKS are truly inspiring. No trivia or quizzes yet. Trivia About A Fistful of Rice Just a moment while we sign you in to akulla Goodreads account.

I guess what was slightly just slightly disappointing was the lack of ‘depth” in how the organization stabilized; the growth Decent book; gives a good view into one of the most well-know MFIs in India Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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