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Welcome to our space of storytelling and reflection on work which equips and cultivates hope. Step into stories of provision, education, and dreams fulfilled as Associates move from material poverty to lives marked by dignity restored. We invite you to discover the details of rural life in the Dominican Republic and experience the beauty of life lived in community with one another.

Ysaura: Maestra in the Classroom, Maestra in Life

Ysaura: Maestra in the Classroom, Maestra in Life

July 22, 2017 | Alex Smith, Esperanza International Intern

This is a story. It’s a story about Ysaura Nace Joseft who, as the title blatantly gave away, is una maestra in every sense of the word. To explain, her job is literally that of una maestra, which translates to a teacher in English, but, the word maestro (or maestra in the feminine form) means more than simply a teacher.

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Marseille Jean Dorsinvit: A Visionary Businessman and Father

Marseille Jean Dorsinvit: A Visionary Businessman and Father

July 20, 2017 | Megan Meadows, Esperanza International Intern

When I arrived at the Banco de Esperanza (BDE) meeting, Marseille greeted me by yelling “God Bless America.” I giggled, because I was quite thrown off by this nontraditional Dominican greeting. Initially, I assumed that Marseille had just learned some random American phrases, but much to my surprise, he is actually fluent in English.

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Loan Officers: The Heroes Changing Homes

Loan Officers: The Heroes Changing Homes

July 15, 2017 | Alex Smith, Esperanza International Intern

On a fateful summer evening in 1985, the dream for Esperanza was born on a simple platter of food as Dave and Vicky provided a small feast to a cluster of hungry boys. Then, the inspiration solidified into an organization in 1995.

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Banco de Esperanza: A Bank and Opportunity for Spiritual Growth

Banco de Esperanza: A Bank and Opportunity for Spiritual Growth

July 07, 2017 | Megan Meadows, Esperanza International Intern

Esperanza is so much more than a bank. Banco de Esperanza (BDE) does not just give out loans; it truly provides Associates with a hope for the future. This hope is not solely based on financial stability but is also based on the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

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Women’s Health – A Life-Saving Endeavor

Women’s Health – A Life-Saving Endeavor

July 01, 2017 | Megan Meadows, Esperanza International Intern

According to Ben Wolford, a Newsweek journalist, “cervical cancer is a disease of poverty.” Woldford’s article reveals that cervical cancer affects over half a million women worldwide each year and that 85% of these cases occur in developing countries such as the Dominican Republic

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Why Esperanza? The Fulfillment of Family

Why Esperanza? The Fulfillment of Family

June 24, 2017 | Alex Smith, Esperanza International Intern

As a rising senior in college, nearly every friend of mine is working an internship of some variety this summer. Their jobs fill the spectrum of possibilities throughout the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, but few are more vocal about theirs than the students who are working in the finance field.

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Hope for a Father – José’s Story

Hope for a Father – José’s Story

June 16, 2017 | Esperanza

José Onaca, age 56, is a member of the Banco de Esperanza called Deuteronomy in the community of Sabanitas. He owns his own butcher shop, which he runs with the help of his 26-year-old son. Though he has been in the business for twelve years, since joining Esperanza six years ago, José has been able to widely expand the variety and quantity of the beef and pork he sells. José first heard about Esperanza from his pastor and joined soon afterward.

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Meet our Summer Interns!

Meet our Summer Interns!

June 10, 2017 | Esperanza International

This summer we are honored to welcome two outstanding interns to serve in our Branch Offices in the Dominican Republic! These ambitious individuals have their hearts set after the Lord and are dedicated to ending poverty through means of microfinance and holistic services.

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Choose Hope

Choose Hope

May 27, 2017 | Annie Rose Ansley (HOPE International)

Down the road from my office the other day, a man came up and asked me in English, “Where are you from?”  I’ve had similar exchanges with Dominicans many times; usually they’re curious what a blue-eyed gringa is doing in their country.  Our subsequent Spanglish conversation, however, took a slightly more ugly turn.

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From Haiti to the DR, Marie Continues to Shine

From Haiti to the DR, Marie Continues to Shine

May 13, 2017 | Esperanza

Esperanza Associate Marie Lowinite resides in Palo Bonito, a batey community located among the vast sugar cane fields in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic. Marie started a business many years ago in Haiti, and has since moved to the Dominican Republic where she sells jewelry, accessories, and shoes.

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