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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.

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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Trabajando para el Futuro (Working for the Future)

Trabajando para el Futuro (Working for the Future)

April 28, 2017 | Esperanza

The loan group, Trabajando para el Futuro (Working for the Future), brings meaning to the word unity. In the town of Las Pascuala, these Associates use the bonds built within their loan unit at a much greater measure: to help their community.

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The Freedom of Dependence

The Freedom of Dependence

April 08, 2017 | Annie Rose Ansley (HOPE International)

I like to be independent.  I like to accomplish and improve things without relying on or waiting for anyone else.  Anyone with me?  Yet here in the Dominican Republic, microfinance groups are opening my eyes to the beauty and paradoxical freedom of dependence.

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Lorenza and Luzmari, in the Dominican Republic

Lorenza and Luzmari, in the Dominican Republic

March 31, 2017 | Ronnie Mosley

Esperanza’s mission statement describes their work in the Dominican Republic like this: “Esperanza International’s Christ-centered mission is to free families from poverty through initiatives that generate income, education and health, restoring self-worth and dignity to those who have lost hope.”

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Rosario Silverio Garcia – Her Story of Saving, Running

Rosario Silverio Garcia – Her Story of Saving, Running

March 25, 2017 | Esperanza

Rosario Silverio Garcia lives in the community of Hato Mayor with her husband, with whom she has three children and six grandchildren.  Rosario is a relatively new Associate of Esperanza, however has proven to be an exceptional business woman, and an enabler within her local community.

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Ambiorix – Male Associate and Provider for the Family

Ambiorix – Male Associate and Provider for the Family

March 17, 2017 | Esperanza

The tiny town of Mama Tingo lies in the beautiful green hills north of Santo Domingo, and is so remote that it requires loan officer Martin Ubri to travel two hours from his office in Los Alcarrizos to conduct his biweekly meetings with Bank of Esperanza David.   Despite being located far off the beaten track, David associates have established businesses in order to fulfill the needs that they have identified among their neighbors.

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Balancing Business and Motherhood

Balancing Business and Motherhood

March 07, 2017 | Esperanza

Sandra has been an Esperanza Associate since 2005. She is a single mother of seven children as well as the guardian of her grandchild. Sandra manages her home and sends her children to school all while running a small business selling empanadas in her local community of San Pedro.

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Miguel’s Growing Internet Café

Miguel’s Growing Internet Café

February 18, 2017 | Esperanza

The Vecinas Unidas (United Neighbors) Bank of Esperanza is located in Aguas Buenas a small rural community on the Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic. Many of the members, such as Miguel, have been successful with their micro-businesses thus far.

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Margarita’s Finds Meaning in Microfinancing

Margarita’s Finds Meaning in Microfinancing

February 10, 2017 | Esperanza

In a strictly technical view, microcredit functions as a tool to alleviate economic poverty. Yet when combined with various complimentary services, microfinance also has the power to transform numerous areas of an individual´s life. For Esperanza Associate Margarita Rodriguez, the most significant change that occured since she joined was her spiritual life.

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Meet Elizabeth, VP of Marketing and Development

Meet Elizabeth, VP of Marketing and Development

February 01, 2017 | Esperanza

Where is home for you?

I grew up in Kansas City and still consider it home.  It’s a beautiful city with a vibrant arts and local food community, and some of the most down to earth people you’ll ever meet. Kansas Citians are entrepreneurs with huge hearts, and I’m grateful it’s the place I grew up and call home.

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