Boomers Rick and Wendy Walleighs’ book details their inspiring move to Swaziland and then Nairobi, Kenya for a total of 18 months. These are documented on this website and in their book titled From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career. It is available on Amazon, all online book retailers, and some Bay Area bookstores. Go to Media Coverage to see all the media featuring the Walleigh’ adventures. ALL ROYALTIES ARE DONATED TO TECHNOSERVE, the international development organization for which the Walleighs worked, to continue its “Business Solutions to Poverty” in Africa and Latin America, so please buy this book for friends and family!

What People are Saying

Rick & Wendy overlooking Lewa Downs' savannah


Bruce McNamer, President & CEO of The Community Foundation for the Nation’s Capital Region (Washington DC) & former CEO of TechnoServe–“Rick and Wendy Walleigh are my down-to-earth heroes.  At the end of Phase 1 of very successful careers–still healthy enough to spend their retirement days skiing, golfing, lunching, traveling in style–they chose instead to take their energy and considerable skills and apply them in some of the poorest communities in the world. 

Ron Boring, former Executive Vice President, Vodafone-Japan–For those seeking an encore to their professional lives, Rick Walleigh’s account of the adventure he and his wife, Wendy, began is as energizing as it is useful. This remarkable book summarizes the factors they considered before volunteering in Africa to foster economic growth through small business development. More importantly, it records their experience with cultural change, new applications for honed skills, the nature of contemporary economic development work in the face of poverty, and the sights, smells, surprises and encounters found in living and working overseas. This is not a “how-to” book for those of us wanting renewal; it is an “I did this and so can you” story that is unique, thought-provoking and encouraging.”

Leslie Johnston, Executive Director Aegidius Foundation– “Many people, when nearing retirement, focus on planning the next cruise or, simply, hitting a few rounds of golf.  But not Rick.  With a keen desire to do good in the world and an insatiable taste for adventure, Rick (and his equally brave partner, Wendy) embarked on a post-retirement adventure in Africa that ultimately helped thousands of entrepreneurial men and women improve their livelihoods.”

Debra Dunn, Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University and former Senior Vice President Hewlett Packard“If you are nearing the end of your business career and wondering what’s next, you’ll find Rick and Wendy’s experience both illuminating and inspiring.”