Returning from a conference earlier this week, I had the chance to speak with Garreth Bloor, a student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, about his engagement with politics, the role of religion and civil society, and “Mama Africa’s” story of microfinance success.

In the interview Garreth recommends “The Call of the Entrepreneur” and Lessons from the Poor.

  • Exciting update. Are you familiar with Paradigm Shift ( They are an exciting upstart microfinance program based in Jo’burg with an emphasis on working with the local church on reconciliation. I have become friends with Jedd Schroy, one of the founders, and am excited about what they’re doing throughout South Africa.