Ripples from the Zambezi Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies
Ernesto Sirolli, New Society Publishers, United States, 1998
After six years of economic development work in Africa, Ernesto Sirolli witnessed how little most foreign aid programs were actually doing for the people they hoped to help-from creating a communal tomato field on the banks of the Zambezi river (only to be demolished by the river’s hippos at harvest time) to donating snow-plows to African nations! However well intentioned, Sirolli points out, inappropriate development often creates more problems than it solves.
Thus was the genesis of this exciting and unique alternative to traditional economic development termed « Enterprise Facilitation »- where depressed communities can build hope and prosperity by first helping individuals to recognize their talents and business passion, and then providing the skills to transform their dreams into meaningful and rewarding work.