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The Accidental Social Entrepreneur with Grant Smith

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How can ordinary people change lives? What impact can business have on alleviating poverty? Blackwell's is pleased to be welcoming Grant Smith, CEO of Hand in Hand Group, a business and charity dedicated to creating a commercial response to poverty, as he shares his remarkable story of being a social entrepreneur in Africa.

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Grant Smith is not an idealist. He’s a problem-solver. When confronted with the desperate problems of poverty in Africa, he tackled it the only way he knew how – through business. Providing jobs for ordinary people, so they would not have to rely on charity and would not be forced to live without water, without electricity, without dignity. His venture led to a great challenge: to become the biggest housebuilder in Kenya, so successful that other businesses would be forced to improve conditions and pay a fair wage.

Both humorous and realistic, Smith tells of his successes and failures with projects as diverse as growing oil crops, a road-building scheme, house building, and selling old petrol pumps. With a lot of faith – and a little bewilderment – Smith wrestles with difficulties that every entrepreneur knows only too well: securing investment, acquiring trustworthy business partners, confronting bribery and corruption, and dealing with bureaucracy and culture.

Laugh-out loud funny, and deadly serious about poverty prevention and poverty alleviation, for those who dream of making a difference for communities affected by poverty, this book is inspiring and thought-provoking. A real challenge to see how ordinary people have the potential to facilitate miracles by considering how we might use the gifts and resources we have to change the world for good.

About the Author

Grant Smith is a quantity surveyor who has worked with international construction companies and managed his own consultancy practice in the UK for over thirty years. Grant is now the CEO of Hand in Hand Group and a director of a Kenyan construction company. He is professionally and personally committed to creating a commercial response to poverty. Grant is the chair of Hand in Hand Foundation. He currently lives in Chelmsford, Essex.



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