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Christina Soliday

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Transcript of THE BLUE SWEATER

CONNECTEDNESS The Blue Sweater Global Community Mt Kilimanjaro "Just give people a way to walk so
that eventually they can run,
and then you'll see them dance.
Some of them will even fly."
United States Culture They felt that if they
were to get out of this
situation, it would have
to be from an African
woman •Many of the African women did not
like the idea that a western woman
was coming to work because she was
not a local African women and the
women felt like they did not need a
western girl working there Africa Uncle Ed Goodwill •Novogratz had to learn
the culture in order to
adapt herself and her ideas
to Africa and what the
people of Africa needed,
Not what she thought they
needed •“...would have to be ready to take Africa on its own terms, not mine” •What may work in
one area may not
work in another

Sweet Honey
in the
Rock We are the
ones we have
been waiting
for. "Leading is a lifelong
proposition-- and the
people who seem
least like you are
usually the people
you need the most"
"...you can't impose democracy without
first establishing some
foundation of civic education and understanding of what
it means to be an active
citizen-- a lesson the world is still learning." "Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation." -- Robert F Kennedy

Microfinance Yunus Bank Grameen Bank Twenty years later, these two banks were awardes the Noble Peace Prize after successfully loaning billions to the poor and starting a social movement around the world. "If you move through the world
only with your intellect, then
you walk on only one leg.

If you move through the world
only with your compassion, then
you walk on only one leg.

But if you move through the world
with BOTH your intellect and your
compassion, then you walk with wisdom." Small loans to
the very poor In Africa, this ment
lending to women.
This upset the
social structure
in Africa. Lifted the extremely
poor out of poverty "Hope is a path on the mountainside.
At first there is no path. But then there
are people passing that way. And
then there is a path."
"In the end, we will remember
not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends." Listening The women who were
starting the bank when
Jacqueline first arrived
in Africa
"We don't hate you...What we
hate is what you represent.
The North comes to the South
and sends a young white girl
without asking us what WE want,
without seeing if we already have
the skills we need."
Bride Pricing "Yesterday, they protested
we were worth thousands
upon thousands, today we
are worth only 1,000." Blue Bakery "I tried so hard to listen,
and still ended up picking
the wrong color... I could have been a better listener, for listening is not only having the patience to wait, but asking the right questions."
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