A Fistful of Rice by Vikram Akula is not a book. At a mere pages, it is a fat pamphlet. The operative adage might be “don’t judge a book by its size,” because . Vikram Akula’s new book A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability is all set to hit the markets after November 9, I decided to read Akula’s A Fistful of Rice after returning from a recent trip to A Fistful of Rice is a quick and easy read taking the reader through Vikram Akula’s.

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Anita rated it really liked it Aug 20, I liked Vikram’s answer to the thugs who were trying to extort protection money.

Lewis founded MicroCredit Enterprises in and today serves as its chair on a pro bono basis. Sangya Gyawali rated it it was amazing Nov 18, Corrupt governments try to close him down.

A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability by Vikram Akula

At a mere pages, it is a fat pamphlet. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His argument for profitable micro-finance is absolutely compelling. All your attitudes towards poverty and the poor are absolutely turned inside out.

Sanket Pandey added it Jun 01, I recommend this book to anybody looking to better understand or invest in rural India. Feb 01, Lily rated it really liked it Shelves: Unfortunately for him, there weren’t as many options there as in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, or Kolkata, but eventually he tracked down the fistfup information for a few NGOs and after sending off a large number of letters he waited to hear from them. And because you are able to help more poor people than a non-profit lender can, it is the ethical thing to do.

To ask other readers questions about A Fistful of Riceplease sign up. Aug 26, Sara rated it it was ok. It’s a mind blowing book for people who wants to do something actually good to eradicate poverty and make everyone self-sufficient.


This is a tough book for me to review. A good I enjoyed the personal rcie, facts and context that Akula includes. In this highly personal narrative, A Fistful of Rice, Akula reveals how he pieced together the best of both philanthropy and to his surprise capitalism ristful help millions of India’s poor transition from paupers to customers to business owners. Akula says he knew as a teenager, after having made several visits to Hyderabad, his hometown, that what he wanted to do more than anything else was to make a difference.

This site uses cookies. An innovative approach to reduce poverty in India by providing socially secured micro loans in rural areas with money raised from large capitalist financial concers for an excellent rate of return and better security than most conventional investments.

It is quite inspirting in many ways given the number of hindrances he had and how he still stuck on. Want to Read saving…. Akula explains how poor but goats with the loan. Bharat Kumar marked it as vikraam Mar 09, I guarantee you, this is a story you know nothing about.

Hkhardeep9 rated it liked it Jan 29, As a result he had to go back to US and work for ckinsey just to sort things out. It’s clear that Akula has a little bit of an ego, but at the same time his approach toward the poor in India is so humble. This, I thought, was exactly the kind of person we should be lending to. To my knowledge, there are no extant charges that SKS Microfinance has exploited the poor on the road to profits.

A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability

He is giddy when he is lauded by politicians and rich people. I also agreed with his argument that the poor are not children; they do not need or desire coddling. So all in all, he was pretty satisfied. Being a sucker for beating-the-odds stories, I picked up this book hoping it would prove to be an unveiling of akulla a single man helped poor women of India start their own businesses.


A Fistful of Rice: Vikram Akula’s venture has invited funding from venture capital giants like Sequoia Capital. Dec 27, Kelli rated it it was amazing. It’s an en Entrepreneurs can learn a lot from Vikram Akula’s quest fisyful end poverty in India — at a profit.

Aug 18, Judy rated it it was ok Shelves: Jan 26, Llreichel rated it it was ok. Feb 17, Jeffy Joseph rated it liked it Shelves: This books gives light to the riice of Vikran Akula and his emp I was just in office when I saw this book with one of my friend. Akula is open about his passion and his failures. Published first published September 20th On a side note, as with Greg Mortenson, it always makes me a bit sad that people who have a strong passion to do humanitarian work, many times have to live unbalanced lives to meet their goals and their personal lives suffer.

In another interesting twist of tale, despite SKS doing well he had to quit as a CEO as his own finances were in bad shape.

A Fistful of Rice

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Raina Vachhani rated it liked it Oct 22, Anusha Devireddy added it Oct 04, You are commenting using your WordPress. This is one of those that we get as a review copy. The chapters are clear and well-thought out, and the picture of his microloan program in India tistful very interesting. Satish Sinha added it Aug 25,