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A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda

A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda (Hardback)

By Ruxin, Josh

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In his mid-30s, Josh Ruxin was in charge of a United Nations task force on HIV/AIDs and newly married to the beautiful Alissa Carlat when he got an unusual wedding present: millions of dollars to start a major new development initiative in Rwanda. Soon he and Alissa were off to K...igali, where he was tasked with bringing effective health care, food, and prosperity to the poorest part of the country. Meanwhile, after volunteering with young adult orphans of the genocide, Alissa--a Harvard-trained public health executive--came up with her own bold idea: start a business that gave those orphans career-track jobs. While Josh trekked three hours daily to build his United Nations Millennium Village south of the city, Alissa opened Heaven, a restaurant where expats and natives could share in the pleasures of international cuisine. A prospect that is prone to failure here, even for seasoned entrepreneurs, opening this restaurant has proven to be a shining example of what people--even people bearing the scars of a brutal genocide--can accomplish. Both projects proved challenging, and both taught the Ruxins many lessons about this remarkable place and its people. A memoir of love, family, and a country in recovery, THE THOUSAND HILLS TO HEAVEN also gives a model for how Western efforts can support sustainable development in ways that are productive and effective, whether through ventures large, or small--from initiatives backed by millions of government dollars to a small restaurant in Kigali.
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ISBN 9780316232913
Released NZ 24 Dec 2013
Publisher Little, Brown
Format Hardback
Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780316232913
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Little, Brown & Company
Released 24 Dec 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ruxin, Josh
Category Award Winning
Biography & Autobiography
Gender Studies
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 304.20967571
Weight 444g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Americans - Rwanda, Rwanda - Description and travel, Ruxin, Josh, Ruxin, Alissa, Restaurateurs - Rwanda
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade