However Long the Night
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
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.”
Available to purchase in hardcover, paperback, and ebook.
— Stanford Social Innovation Review
On Molly Melching and “However Long the Night”
— Impatient Optimists
“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
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.