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For years, a group of young people has built a reputation for contributing to violent attacks in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo’s capital. “These young people sow terror in the city,” says Ghislaine Matondo, who lives in the city with her husband, mother, and sister. Yet little has been done to address the danger, she explains: “Juvenile delinquency in our neighborhoods is a sensitive matter [to which] even politicians do not dare give concrete answers.”

In 2020, Ghislaine took out her fifth loan from HOPE Congo to start a new venture: Merci pour la Bénédiction (“grateful for the blessing”), a business manufacturing sofas. But she says that the Lord gave her more than a new business idea; He also gave her a vision to address the challenge of gang violence in her community. Continue Reading…

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.