In their own words: on faith and poverty


At HOPE International, we believe that true restoration happens as we heed Christ’s call to abide in Him. Through worship, prayer, and studying God’s Word, HOPE-network clients grow in their faith and find strength to tackle challenges in their lives.

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4


Jeannette Miburo, HOPE Burundi Savings Member

“My spiritual life has been impacted in such a way that now I feel pushed to pray and work for God more than before. … Before, I was very poor, and I was not able to give offerings or tithes in the church. But when I joined the savings groups things changed. Now, I am able to bring offerings and tithes!”


Yocasta Martinez, Esperanza International (Dominican Republic) Client

“When you’re crying out to the Lord, it’s not explainable. There are no words, because you simply feel filled with joy.”


Fautin Nteziyaremye, HOPE Rwanda Savings Member

“Spiritually, being in the [savings] group has helped me to learn how to serve God by singing and preaching the Word of God. I have learned to love others and to fellowship with others. Even though we go through hard times like when my shop was robbed, my family and I were comforted by the Word of God and we know that He has better plans for us.”

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Sheela*, India West Savings Member

“Prayer has been key. [My savings group] prays together; we stand up for each other; we help solve each other’s issues, and we take loans from the group. This group has solved many of our challenges.”

*Name and photo have been changed for security.

Top image features a savings group in Rwanda. 




As Christ’s followers responding to His great love, HOPE International seeks physical, social, spiritual, and personal restoration in places of brokenness. Through Christ-centered microenterprise development, we empower men and women to strengthen their families, build their businesses, and unleash their dreams.

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