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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Boys & Girls Clubs, Children & Youth, Christianity, Economic Development, International, International Development, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Religion

Mission: To invest in the dreams of families in the world's underserved communities as we proclaim and live the gospel.

Programs: Savings-ledthe hope network of savings and credit associations (scas) provide individuals with a safe place to save. Facilitators train groups of 10-30 members to pool their savings on a regular basis, sometimes as little as 20-50 cents a week. Members use their savings or take out loans from the group to use as a buffer against emergencies, make important household purchases, or invest in businesses. As members meet regularly, they fellowship with one another, pray together, and study god's word. Hope-managed and partner scas currently serve in burundi, haiti, india, malawi, peru, the philippines, rwanda, and zimbabwe.

credit-ledhope-network microfinance institutions (mfis) provide entrepreneurs with savings accounts and small loans typically ranging from $100-$2,000 to invest in their businesses. When individuals meet regularly to repay their loans, they also worship together, receive business training, study scripture, and encourage each other. Once repaid, loan capital revolves back into the fund to lend to more entrepreneurs. Hope-managed and partner mfis currently serve in burundi, central asia, china, the dominican republic, the democratic republic of congo, haiti, moldova, the philippines, the republic of congo, romania, russia, rwanda, and ukraine.

otherhope's other program services include education, the pathways out of poverty exhibit, and the tomorrow clubs. Education: hope regional representatives introduce individuals to the work of hope and share a biblical perspective on poverty, speaking at churches, conferences, and other community events not sponsored by hope. Pathways out of poverty exhibit: this multi-sensory exhibit uses stories of individuals around the world to portray people working themselves out of poverty. Tomorrow clubs: . A christ-centered weekly children's ministry begun in ukraine, the tomorrow clubs reaches over 13,000 children. Tomorrow clubs has since expanded to multiple countries in eastern europe.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sylvie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working in India with one of HOPE's partners now for nearly 10 weeks, and I am thoroughly impressed with HOPE's level of professional and spiritual excellence. Everything is done passionately and carefully. I've been so well cared for as an individual in this organization as well. I have worked for many Christian non-profits in the past and HOPE truly is unique--couldn't recommend it more highly!

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Tabea T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After interning at HOPE for 11 weeks and seeing how HOPE lives their mission in every aspect of their work and lives, I am really impressed even more by their ministry to the poor. HOPE has a great impact on alleviating poverty around the world. The staff is enthusiastic about investing their time and expertise for taking part in that mission and takes their job seriously. By excercising excellence and holding each other accountable around the globe by prayer, friendships and training, not only the international staff is impacted but through them also the clients experience life changing values. HOPE's approach is holistic and takes all aspects of life into account, making lasting changes in the lifes of the poor.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HOPE International is a non-profit of excellence. I spent eleven weeks at HOPE volunteering and was positively impacted by the degree of genuine care and authenticity I saw expressed in the office between staff and through partnerships abroad. Not only does HOPE have great intentions to reach those in need and share with them the love of Christ by word and deed, but HOPE strives to be wise and knowledgable in their technical programs for microfinance and savings and credit associations. This organization is growing rapidly; yet, the growth is wisely measured and analyzed so as to best be stewards of that growth. HOPE International is an organization of great value that seeks to love its neighbor all around the world and do that by being excellent in every detail throughout its scope.

1 Sarah N C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never encountered a more Biblically founded ministry balanced with conservative financial wisdom. In looking for ways in which the resources I have been given could impact the world, I stumbled onto HOPE. More than just a good investment, it became a passion. HOPE does a remarkable job of connecting the investors and the sponsors and working to change the lives of both parties. HOPE is making a monumental difference in the hearts and the homes of people throughout the world and I am so honored to be able to help.

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1 Russell S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope International stands out among Christian organizations that I have interacted with. Hope strives for professionalism. They make the most of each dollar, but they don't cut corners. Hope is a community of people who have a vision - to empower those in poverty, both physically and spiritually - and who work enthusiastically to realize that dream.

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3 Brandon S.

Donor

Rating: 5

HOPE International is not only an incredible microfinance organization with a wholistic approach, but a group of folks that care tremendously about connecting with their donors beyond the donation of funds. HOPE wants to form partnerships, develping educated, passionate advocates.

My personal story with HOPE shows just this. While I've been a supporter of HOPE for a few years, I decided to raise money for HOPE through the 2010 Chicago Marathon. When I contacted HOPE I had expected to just request a few materials in order to aid in fundraising. Instead, their enthusiastic support led to a personal fundraising website, weekly reports of my progress, and a heart-felt card from the Lancaster staff when the race did not go quite as well as hoped.

This relationship only encouraged me as a donor and partnering advocate for the role microfinance can play in the race to end poverty. I'm not involved with efforts in the Chicagoland area to spread the word of HOPE's work.

An incredible organization working to serve!

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3 Tara W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HOPE International is one of those few organizations that really gets it right when it comes to combining development work and mission work. I was a field volunteer, so I was able to see first hand what their partnership and level of expertise in microfinance looked like. If you want you money and time to go where it will truly be used for a long-lasting kingdom impact, then give it to HOPE because you won't be disappointed.
HOPE's commitment to excellence is astounding. Never before have i seen Christians really commit themselves to excellently designing graphic design materials well or excellently taking the audit processes of field sites so seriously.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at HOPE for 10 weeks and got a great insight into the organization. It is composed of great people who dedicate many hours to serve the poor in many of the world's developing countries. Alongside their commitment, they serve with strong technical expertise and a genuine heart for the underprivileged

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2 rbirkey

Donor

Rating: 5

Hope International provides funding for opportunities that allow people in some of the poorest nations of the world, to actually get out of poverty. They do this through effective micro-loans, training, coaching and encouragement.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

HOPE International is a truly amazing ministry. The concept of not just giving a hand out, but a hand up is very compelling. HOPE has been able to help many people to break generational poverty through the means of micro-finance loans. We are truly blessed to play a small part of such a great ministry.

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