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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Humorous
  • Language:English
  • Pages:282
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781667840239
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667840222

A Small Balance of Favors

by Lincoln Dahl

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Willard Thrasher Card III, from Cardston, Alberta, Canada is about to lose his new job as a development consultant in Malawi. Although he is pretty sure he is a great consultant and Africa hand, he decides he would be an even more successful entrepreneur. A bizarre series of events convinces him to start a business in Zambia as he connects with Anil and Lucky, two local characters who become his partners and friends. His confidence waxes strong and he is so sure of success "anytime from now" that he brings his wife and children from Canada to join him. A comedy of failures ensues as he learns to navigate his African environment by churning through several half-baked businesses. Eventually, he comes to trust his wife's instincts and they find success in an unexpected enterprise. Crooks, Chinese investors, government ministers, market boys and villagers all play their part in helping the family learn that in Africa, we all live on a small balance of favors. A fast-moving humorous tale of entrepreneurship and compassion in the developing world.
A Small Balance of Favors is written from the perspective of a foreigner trying to understand the workings and realities business and culture in Africa today. It provides a light-hearted look at the actual challenges and problems encountered by entrepreneurs and can serve as a practical guide to new entrants.
About the author
Lincoln Dahl grew up on a cattle ranch in rural northern Nevada (where he may have shared some traits with Willard). He joined the US diplomatic corps in 1993 and an assignment to Zambia ignited his lifelong love of Africa. He is the founder of African Energy, a company that distributes solar electric equipment to entrepreneurs across Africa. When he is not travelling, he and his family live in St. David, Arizona, USA. A Small Balance of Favors is his first novel.
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