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Friday, October 16, 2009


Greer’s new book offers perspective on fight against global poverty

Carlisle native and first-time author Peter Greer will return to the area on Sunday, November 1, for lunch and a book signing at the Carlisle Congregational Church. The public is invited to

Peter Greer, author and president of HOPE International, will speak at the Congregational Church at 12:45 p.m., November 1. (Courtesy photo)

this complimentary luncheon and conversation with Greer beginning at 12:45 p.m. The discussion will center on Greer’s new book, The Poor Will Be Glad: Joining the Revolution to Lift the World out of Poverty, and his work in international development as President of HOPE International.

During the luncheon, Greer will address the changing perspectives in the fight against global poverty, which he discusses in The Poor Will Be Glad.

“The book’s title, The Poor Will Be Glad, comes from a different way of looking at the problem of poverty,” says Greer. “It says that individuals caught in poverty are not just to be pitied, but they’re to be partnered with.” Greer has dedicated his life to empowering the poor through employment-based solutions to poverty. The book draws heavily on his life experiences and education, from his childhood in Carlisle to his post-college years in Rwanda, working in a nation ravaged by genocide.

Employment-based solutions

While in Rwanda, Greer managed a microfinance institution that provided small business loans and other financial services to men and women in poverty. Seeing first-hand the contrast between employment-based solutions and short-term relief work influenced Greer’s view of the fight against poverty.

“Even the most well-intentioned charity can keep the poor on their knees,” remarks Greer. “An increase in aid in many countries correlates with a decrease in the production of that economy.”

Because of his convictions about the transformative power of employment-based solutions, Greer returned to Massachusetts and received his Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He later went on to take the helm of HOPE International, growing the non-profit’s microfinance network from two to 14 countries in five years.

Greer, who currently resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvannia with his wife and three children, is the son of Bonnie and Keith Greer, long-time pastor of Carlisle Congregational Church.

An R.S.V.P. is not required for the November 1 event, but would be appreciated. Contact Deb or Barbara at 1-978-369-7830. ∆

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