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Newlyweds Josh and Alissa were at a party and received a challenge that shook them to the core: do you think you can really make a difference? Especially in a place like Rwanda, where the scars of genocide linger and poverty is rampant?

While Josh worked hard bringing food and health care to the country’s rural villages, Alissa was determined to put their foodie expertise to work. The couple opened Heaven, a gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, which became an instant success. Remarkably, they found that between helping youth marry their own local ingredients with gourmet recipes (and mix up “the best guacamole in Africa”) and teaching them how to help themselves, they created much-needed jobs while showing that genocide’s survivors really could work together.

While first a memoir of love, adventure, and family, A Thousand Hills to Heaven also provides a remarkable view of how, through health, jobs, and economic growth, our foreign aid programs can be quickly remodeled and work to end poverty worldwide.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The upbeat story of an American couple raising their three children in Rwanda and making a huge difference in the lives of thousands…A personal adventure tale with a serious message for those concerned with eradicating poverty.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This breezy memoir traces a wide-eyed do-gooder American duo from their naïve arrival to Rwanda, across years of work and lessons learned with the poor, concluding with a boutique bed-and-breakfast called Heaven. Wild ride.”

    Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

  • “Ruxin’s work in Rwanda is an inspiration and in this book, he brings his insights and experience right to you. It’s a moving, extraordinary journey that’s worth sharing with your friends and your family.”

    Larry King

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About the Author

Josh Ruxin is on the faculty at Columbia University, directs Health Builders, and contributes to the New York Times and Forbes. He and his wife, Alissa, live in Rwanda with their three children.