However Long the Night


The inspiring story of our Founder, Molly Melching, is the debut title of HarperOne and the Skoll Foundation’s
co-branded book series by Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs.

However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph by writer and journalist Aimee Molloy, shares Molly’s personal experiences that brought her to Africa in the 1980s, the inspiring people she has met along the way, and why she decided to stay.

The book brings to life the story of the origins of Tostan and introduces the communities that played a critical role in molding our program into what it is today.

In 2018, a fifth anniversary special edition was released, with a foreword written by Melinda and Bill Gates in which they call the book “required reading for anyone who wants to learn about how to make change.”

Click here to watch the trailer for However Long the Night.

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Available to purchase in hardcover, paperback, and ebook.


“The key to Tostan’s success is as much in what it doesn’t do as what it does. Tostan provides facilitation and training, but it is men and women in communities that make the decisions and do the work. Tostan doesn’t show up and tell people how to behave. It gives them a forum to craft a vision of wellbeing that they themselves implement.” — Melinda Gates


“Melching’s incredible journey from Illinois to Africa, from graduate student to great humanitarian, is paralleled by the journey of the countless women touched by her work: a journey to understanding, empowerment and human dignity.”
— Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

About the author

About the author

Aimee Molloy has collaborated on seven books, including with Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari on Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival and with Pam Cope on Jansten’s Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue, and Grace. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and a Master’s Degree from NYU. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.