Fighting Poverty Globally

Through building Homes for Hope, we fight global poverty by raising funding and awareness for Christ-centered micro-enterprise development programs like HOPE International.

Fighting Poverty Globally

Through building Homes for Hope, we fight global poverty by raising funding and awareness for Christ-centered micro-enterprise development programs like HOPE International.

WHAT IS MICRO-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT?

Christ-Centered Micro-enterprise Development is more than simple charity, it’s a hand-up, not a hand-out.

The programs we support provide under-served families around the world with access to discipleship, safe places to save, business training, and small loans, equipping them to start and grow a small business, and empowering them to realize their true potential as providers and givers in their communities.

84% of people living in low- and middle- income countries do not have a savings account.

2.2 billion people around the world live on less than $2 a day, often lacking access to access to adequate food, shelter, and employment opportunities.

Only 2.7% of Microfinance institutions clients are served by Christian organizations.

CLIENT STORIES

Read and watch some of the stories about clients around the world who have been impacted by the work of HOPE International.

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we are continually blown away by the innovation and spirit of the families we serve, if you would like to read more of their stories – click the button below.

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Betenbough Experiences HOPE in the Bateyes

Last week, I went with Betenbough Homes and a group of their trades and employees to see the work of Esperanza International, HOPE International’s partner in the Dominican Republic. We got the opportunity to meet several of Esperanza’s incredible clients in two Bateyes just north of La Ramona.

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Introducing The 2016 Homes for Hope Award Winner

Each year, Homes for Hope recognizes a client from the HOPE Network who has put their God-given talents and ideas to work in a powerful way – empowering them to realize their potential as providers for their families, leaders in their communities, and followers of Christ.

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Vicenta’s Story: Celebrating The Fruit of Your Labor

  Last November, I took a group of Home builders to the Dominican Republic, where we met Vicente. She lives in the small village of Samana in the Dominican Republic called Terra Blanca which translates to "white land" - named after the white color of the dirt...

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HOW IT WORKS

Microfinance Institutions

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) are banks designed to serve entrepreneurs in poverty by providing small loans, a safe place to save, and other financial services to help men and women invest in their businesses and provide for their families.

SAVINGS & CREDIT ASSOCIATIONS

Savings and credit associations (SCAs) are groups of individuals who save their money together in partnership with the local Church. As they build a secure sum of money, members often take out loans from their group to pay for household expenses or invest in businesses.

HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS

These loans typically cover the costs of concrete floors, new roofs, indoor plumbing, and cement block walls. They are also occasionally used to construct or expand locales for businesses that were previously located in the associate’s home.

Microfinance Institutions

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) are banks designed to serve entrepreneurs in poverty by providing small loans, a safe place to save, and other financial services to help men and women invest in their businesses and provide for their families.

SAVINGS & CREDIT ASSOCIATIONS

Savings and credit associations (SCAs) are groups of individuals who save their money together in partnership with the local Church. As they build a secure sum of money, members often take out loans from their group to pay for household expenses or invest in businesses.

HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS

These loans typically cover the costs of concrete floors, new roofs, indoor plumbing, and cement block walls. They are also occasionally used to construct or expand locales for businesses that were previously located in the associate’s home.

IMPACT ON FAMILIES

Our goal is to support programs where families experience true and lasting change across four domains: spiritual, social, material, and personal.

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EQUIPPED TO PROVIDE

The families we serve are more able to secure a stable income, allowing them to better provide for their families needs, including food and housing for their families, education for their children, and vital medications and healthcare.

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SOCIALLY CONNECTED

The families we serve are placed in solidarity groups which are facilitated in local churches – providing opportunities for them to build stronger relationships within their communities and local churches.

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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

The families we serve are empowered to take their own ideas and dreams and bring them to life – emphasizing the personal calling and giftedness that they have and greater dignity and hope for the future.

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SPIRITUAL REVIVAL

The families we serve get to hear the gospel, and it is our hope that they come to a saving faith in Christ, evidenced by the fruits of the spirit and active discipleship.

GLOBAL IMPACT

You partnership goes to support Christ-centered micro-enterprise development ministries in 16 countries around the world.

AFRICA

Burundi

Democratic Republic of Congo

Malawi

Republic of Congo

Rwanda

Zambia

Zimbabwe

EASTERN EUROPE

Moldova

Romania

Ukraine

ASIA

China

India

Philippines

LATIN AMERICA

Dominican Republic

Haiti

Peru

98%

% of Loans Repaid
(Network Wide)

+900,000

Clients Currently Being Served

2850

Clients Served by a Home For Hope

HOPE INTERNATIONAL FAQ

How does HOPE combine discipleship and poverty alleviation?
HOPE’s commitment to combining a witness for Christ with poverty alleviation begins with our staff. We believes staff cannot pass on what they do not have, so HOPE is committed to hiring staff members who have demonstrated a personal relationship with Christ. HOPE also provides opportunities for continued discipleship of our staff. Because HOPE-network staff members and loan officers are local to the areas they serve, they are aware of appropriate, culturally suitable ways to share the Gospel with the people they serve. One consistent opportunity comes through biblically based training that emphasizes good business practices in a Christ-centered context. HOPE also uses complementary ministries, including children’s ministries, to strengthen the local Church.
For what types of businesses can HOPE-network clients receive loans?
While the types of businesses clients use their loans for vary, some typical businesses include running small restaurants or grocery stores; growing crops and raising animals; sewing; selling produce, clothing, or baked goods; and car repair.
How do you decide who you will give a loan to?
The process varies across countries and programs. In many programs, HOPE relies on social collateral, lending to groups of people who cross-guarantee each other’s loans. As a result, members select others they believe will be able to repay. Loan officers provide training so clients are prepared to manage their loan, and they review a variety of factors in the approval process: business plans, amount requested, the current economic market, etc. In savings and credit associations, where members save their own money, the group decides if and when to loan to one another from their pooled savings. HOPE provides loans to people in poverty regardless of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or marital status. There is no financial benefit or preferential treatment associated with conversion to faith in Christ.
What is a typical loan size for a HOPE-network client?
Loan sizes can vary significantly by country. HOPE typically provides loans ranging from $100 to $2,000 to people living in poverty. This capital is enough to develop a small business to help a family meet their needs including food, schooling, and housing.
Do people repay their loans from HOPE?
HOPE has a loan repayment rate of 98 percent over the past five years.
Does HOPE only work with Christians?
HOPE serves people living in poverty regardless of their race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or marital status. There are no financial benefits or preferential treatment associated with conversion to faith in Christ.
Does HOPE charge interest?
Yes, HOPE-network clients pay interest at a rate that will eventually enable each microfinance institution (MFI) to become self-sufficient. Interest rates are determined based on local context and are competitive and appropriate for HOPE-network areas of operation.