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“Phil and Eric have done us a favor by breaking down the challenges of growth for microfinance into bite-sized elements any reader can benefit from, and have challenged and inspired us all to get more involved ... they have done an admirable job showing us what is happening, what is possible, and what we can do from their perspective as successful business people.”-Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, from the Foreword
“A Billion Bootstraps shows how successful people in the West can use sound business practices to create economic opportunities for poor families in other parts of the world.”-Sir John Templeton, legendary investor and founder of the John Templeton Foundation
“True charity attacks life's greatest injustices, demands major, demonstrable results, and avoids ego gratification. In A Billion Bootstraps, Phil Smith and Eric Thurman make an effective case that microcredit is the purest charitable strategy.”-George Kaiser, founder of the multi-billion dollar Tulsa Community Foundation and chairman of BOK Financial Corp.
Phil Smith is an active philanthropist who writes and speaks under the banner Practicing Significance. Smith is the former CEO of Prize Energy Corp. and Tide West Oil Company.
Eric Thurman has been a leading expert in international philanthropy for decades. A former CEO of Opportunity International, HOPE International, and Geneva Global Inc., Thurman is now CEO of The Protos Fund. He has been profiled in Forbes magazine, on CNN, and in many other media forums.