Africa Rising: How 900 Million African Consumers Offer More Than You Think
With more than 900 million consumers, the continent of Africa is one of the world's fastest growing markets. In this book legendary global business consultant Vijay Mahajan reveals this remarkable marketplace in all its richness and complexity, and helps companies understand the massive opportunity it presents.
Mahajan is a microfinance icon in India. The electrical engineer from IIT-Delhi and a post-grad from Princeton is a leading social entrepreneur, working for rural economic development since 1981. From setting up a nonprofit, Pradhan, to creating microfinance company Basix, Mahajan's mission is to promote rural livelihood to Indians who live on less than $2 a day. Basix is one of the first microfinance enterprises in the world to attract Indian and foreign debt and equity investments, providing livelihood to over 1.5 million customers. Mahajan's in-depth knowledge of the farm sector has made him a much sought-after adviser with the Planning Commission and many Indian states.
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