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As a child, Ramona Rodriguez didn’t have the opportunity to attend school or learn to read. Though she refused to let illiteracy hold her back, the challenge cemented Ramona’s determination that her children would never face that obstacle in life. Whatever sacrifices she must make, her four children would go to school.

That resolve propelled Ramona, even as she mourned the untimely death of her husband and the father of her still-young children. As a single mother in Villa Mella, Dominican Republic, she worked multiple jobs—selling cleaning supplies and clothing and tending other people’s homes—to ensure she could feed her children and send them to school.

After several years, Ramona remarried, but her drive to provide never wavered. Ramona’s mother raised her to believe that nothing can be accomplished without the Lord—and Ramona now sees how He blessed her with an indomitable spirit, strong faith, and innate business sense that have helped her become the successful businesswoman she is today.

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Mary Moses

She didn’t say much.

Actions speak louder than words. And Mary’s roar: Breaking generational poverty, Mary has sent nine children—mostly daughters—to school in a region where less than 45 percent of women can read.

“Without education, you won’t go far,” Mary said.

At HOPE, we believe poverty is more than financial lack. It’s a mindset.

It’s being told: “You can’t. You won’t. You’re incapable.”

Mary is shattering this belief. Saving money for school fees, Mary is telling her daughters something different.

Through her life, she says, “You can. You will. You have potential.”

Mary with her family

Mary with members of her family

Today, her youngest daughter is the village scholar.

Her eldest daughter is a savings group member, alongside her.

And one daughter is the region’s schoolteacher.

Mary's daughter

Mary’s daughter, a schoolteacher

Thank you for coming alongside mothers like Mary who are investing in their daughters’ dreams.

Pierre Bernard Bruno

For over a decade, Pierre Bernard Bruno has been supplying his community of Terrier Rouge, Haiti, with well constructed, hand-made furniture.  As a husband and a father of six children, Pierre says providing for his family has always been difficult.  Without the ability to keep many materials in stock, he has been limited in his furniture construction.  Now repaying his second loan from Esperanza International, HOPE’s partner in Haiti, Pierre has purchased new tools and expanded his supply of wood.  His wife and six children are benefitting, as Pierre’s increased income ensures healthier, more frequent meals and provides his children with the supplies and books they need to attend school.  Though Pierre’s business is now promoted simply by word of mouth, he dreams of having a storefront where he can display his work for the community to see.