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Originally posted on Peter Greer’s blog.

For 476 days, we’ve heard about the dire realities of war in Ukraine: Thriving cities abandoned. Loved ones missing. Lives and livelihoods plundered.

In June, farmers HOPE previously served in the Kherson region woke up to the reality of losing yet another harvest. With fields under water from enemy attacks on the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant, their crops and profits have been wiped out.

While traveling to Ukraine to visit our HOPE colleagues recently, these scenes were at the forefront of my mind. The horror and destruction of war I’d read about was real. But as I spent more time with staff and entrepreneurs there, one thing became clear: Even as bombs weakened infrastructure and devastated neighborhoods, they most certainly did not crush the Ukrainian spirit.

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Vincent Habiyaremye

Once Artem and his wife Alina began the pattern of missing their church service to tend to their successful wedding business, they realized they needed to make a change.  

“We switched to the restaurant business,” Artem says. “My wife loved [food] from an early age. She used to cook delicious meals with her grandmother. You can say that this is [an important part] of her life.” 

Little did they know that switching to the restaurant business would allow them to serve more than just good food to customers. During the challenges of war, they would provide people fleeing violence with meaningful employment and nourish their hearts with God’s love.  

Over the last 10 years, Artem and his wife Alina have used loans from HOPE Ukraine to open two restaurants in their community and purchase rental properties. Possessing an entrepreneurial drive, Artem says, “We don’t stand still … we’re always coming up with new ideas.” Continue Reading…

Two people exchange money

If you’re anything like us, you’re passionate about the poverty-fighting, Christ-centered work of numerous organizations worldwide. We believe that Kingdom work takes many different forms! But giving to each organization individually can be time-consuming.

If you’ve ever longed for a simple way to support multiple organizations from one account, a personal giving fund, known as a donor-advised fund (DAF), can be a helpful option to consider.

A DAF allows you to set aside money or assets, receive immediate tax benefits, and control when and where you give. Once set up, DAFs streamline the process so you can give with ease.

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Joassaint and daughter

At HOPE International, we thank God for the privilege of walking alongside mothers around the world. Mentors and teachers, leaders and entrepreneurs, the mothers and mother figures we serve across the network teach us what it means to love those God has placed in front of us.

This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating the many ways God moves when we invest in mothers.

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After qualifying for a loan through Esperanza, Flora used the capital to purchase clothing and other goods to sell from her home.

Flora de la Cruz Girón dreamed of starting a business in her community in the Dominican Republic (D.R.). Ideally, the job would allow her and her husband to provide financially for their family, especially while their two children were still young and at home.

While Flora was working one day, selling items along the roadside, a friend invited her to learn more about Esperanza International, a microfinance institution in the D.R. that recently became managed by HOPE International.

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HOPE International | Esperanza official announcement

After more than 17 years of partnership, Esperanza International has entered a new leadership agreement and will now be managed by HOPE International. We’re excited for this opportunity to more deeply collaborate and continue serving men and women in the Dominican Republic! You can read our official announcement below or watch this video from Dave Valle, Esperanza’s founder, and Peter Greer, HOPE’s president and CEO.