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“…similar to other stories I’ve heard from folks committed to making things better in the world. But what’s different—and remarkable—is the level of commitment they made. They were there for almost 2 years and have made numerous trips back since…. What’s also different about this book is the level of detail offered, not just about the work they did and the accomplishments realized, but about what it was like for them on a daily basis… They spend a great deal of time and space informing the reader about the cultural aspects of the life there which, of course, provides a great deal more understanding to the challenges they faced in their work.”
*Also columnist for Next Avenue & contributor to MarketWatch, Huffington Post and Forbes; and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows such as ABC’s “Good Morning America” and PBS Marketplace.
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.”
“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. By traveling far from their ‘comfort zone’ they were able to apply their business skills in a radically different context, contribute to economic development in the areas of Africa where they worked, and experience life-enriching adventures. “
“From Silicon Valley to Swaziland is an inspiring story of a successful senior executive truly giving back through volunteering his services (with his wife) in South and East Africa. Rick Walleigh has combined decades of business experience, advising businesses to success, and his desire to apply those business solutions to decrease poverty in Africa. An incredibly insightful book into sustainable development through entrepreneurship. A great read!”