Friday, January 25, 2013

Quote: When Helping Hurts

From chapter 5 of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself:
Yes, we got an inventory of people's assets that day, an inventory that we later used to help the residents dream about how to solve some of their problems. But more importantly, we started a process of empowerment by asking a simple question: what gifts do you have? When one is feeling marginalized, such a question can be nothing short of revolutionary.

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