UnPoverty: Rich Lessons from the Working Poor

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The poorest people in the world do not just survive--they thrive lavishly. They enjoy rich family relationships, build vibrant communities and exude deep faith. They have much to teach us about life and inspire us with their ingenuity, persistence, generosity and self-reliance. Mark Lutz has visited families living in cardboard huts, hiked dusty paths to isolated African villages, and tiptoed across putrid open sewers on makeshift bridges. UnPoverty relays those astonishing encounters with unforgettable people: desperately poor, yet abundantly rich. When we hear about the billions of people living on a few dollars a day, do we visualize what that means? These stories put individual faces on unimaginable statistics and bring their reality to life. You may even see yourself in them. Come with Mark as he visits his friends in far-away places not often seen. He takes you into their homes and their hearts. Experience life at the bottom of the economic ladder; you will resonate with his insightful reflections. His gripping stories will leave you challenged by what we can and must do and encouraged by what they do with so little. Their poverty has more to do with latitude and longitude than with laziness or lack of intelligence. Through no fault of their own they are poor monetarily, but rich in areas many of us are bankrupt. Mark has watched innovative and hard-working people undo the chains of poverty, often with a large ripple effect in their families and entire communities. After more than two decades of working closely with some of the poorest people living in developing nations, Mark Lutz now believes that what he calls unpoverty is possible. You too will catch the vision as you read these enlightening tales. Mark calls us to join an accelerating revolution to eradicate extreme poverty during our lifetime. He makes the bold claim that this audacious goal is possible, and invites you to unite with the rich poor people in our global village to create a world of unpoverty.

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Mark Lutz grew up in South Africa, the son of missionary parents. Living for twenty years under apartheid shaped him to become an advocate for justice. Visits to fifty countries have sharpened his vision for a world free from extreme poverty. Mark is Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy at Opportunity International, a non-profit microfinance organization. During the past five years, they have loaned almost three billion dollars to poor people so they could start and expand small businesses and care for their families. UnPoverty tells unforgettable stories about some of these remarkable people. Mark earned a Masters degree in cross-cultural communications from Wheaton College. He and his wife, Lise, live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where they raised their three children.

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UnPoverty: Rich Lessons from the Working Poor. Mark Lutz believes extreme poverty can be eliminated. But he proposes no silver-bullet solution. Instead, he believes that by listening to the poor, we can learn to help them help themselves. A child of missionary parents and an executive with a leading microfinance organization, Lutz records what he has learned from meeting the poor in the developing world's villages, slums, and garbage heaps. They show gratitude, persistence, ingenuity, and faith as they work to build up their families and communities. God loves the poor, says Lutz, so we dare not miss the opportunity to help them. -- David Neff --Christianity Today

UnPoverty shows how people in developing countries are undoing poverty by building thriving businesses. --Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S. and author The Hole in Our Gospel

Two thousand Bible verses call upon us to respond to the needs of the poor. Mark Lutz tells amazing stories of how...economic improvement comes from the bottom up. --Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus, Eastern College

UnPoverty shows how people in developing countries are undoing poverty by building thriving businesses. --Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S. and author The Hole in Our Gospel

Two thousand Bible verses call uon us to respond to the needs of the poor. Mark Lutz tells amazing stories of how, through Opportunity International, economic improvement comes from the bottom up. --Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus, Eastern College

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