At HOPE International, we partner with missionary-aligned microfinance institutions, ministries, and churches—equipping them with financial resources, tools, and expertise to reach the underserved in their communities. We do this because Christ-centered microfinance needs many workers. To impact people across the HOPE network, diversity helps us better operate in and impact the diverse world for the Lord.
In 1 Corinthians 12:12, Paul writes,“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” If the human body is working to accomplish a goal, it is necessary for the different parts of the body to work in unity. The eyes need to communicate with the hands to communicate with the nose. Similarly, if HOPE is working to provide financial services in an area and another like-minded organization is doing the same work, we are much more effective by combining our efforts and working in collaboration and unity.
Partnering to serve farmers, HOPE’s partner in the Philippines, the Center for Community Transformation (CCT), expanded its agricultural lending program, seeking to support rural farmers, who are among the Philippines’ most vulnerable people groups living in poverty. Drawing from similar work in Asia and Ukraine, HOPE worked with CCT to revise lending policies and procedures and train loan officers to work with and support farmers in over half of their 160 branch offices throughout the Philippines.
After a resurgence of violence and unrest during controversial presidential elections, HOPE Burundi facilitated reconciliation seminars for a local church partner. Recognizing that transformation starts with them, many leaders confessed divisive behavior and asked forgiveness of their peers. Jean de Dieu Bizimana, HOPE Burundi’s country director, says of HOPE’s partnerships with the Church, “It’s a privilege to be used by God to prepare His people for works of reconciliation to build up the Body of Christ.”
HOPE has partnered with Esperanza International in the Dominican Republic since 2005, investing in the lives of low-income entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses and provide for their families. Since 2012, over 700 people have traveled with HOPE to visit Esperanza’s work and clients, seeing firsthand the impact of Christ-centered microenterprise development. Reflecting on this partnership, Esperanza’s executive director, Alex Nunez says, “HOPE and Esperanza—the same word in two languages. We could work alone, but together, our work is better.”
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