August
31
2017

Hero Spotlight: Maria overcomes her past and pursues her passion

When Maria was born, her mother was addicted to drugs, and when Maria was 22 days old, her mother abandoned her. Her older sister, who had already started her own family, took custody of Maria and moved to La Romana, Dominican Republic. Her sister’s husband worked, but there was not enough money for Maria or… continue reading
August
23
2017

August 2017 Program Roundup

Haiti An inspiring business development program has given a “hand up” to entrepreneurs in Jeremie, Haiti with the goal of reviving the local economy and giving back to the community. This capital investment program is creating a lasting impact by encouraging each participant to analyze ways they can develop personally and contribute to their communities while… continue reading
August
21
2017

Composting, Sierra Leone

Farmers in West Africa See the Power and Business Potential of Compost

When developing countries face disease and war that wipe out huge percentages of a population, generational knowledge is lost, and can no longer be passed down. Many times, outsiders with good intentions arrive to help. But in an effort to improve conditions quickly, the effects of their work are often short-lived. Chemical fertilizers are an… continue reading
August
21
2017

Just Hope Partners with Haitian Entrepreneurs to Create Jobs and Rebuild Communities

Close to one year after Hurricane Matthew killed more than 800 people and destroyed communities in Haiti, the unemployment rate sits at 85% in the city of Jeremie. With countless businesses wiped out and employment options severely limited, many enterprising local entrepreneurs are taking matters into their own hands, and Just Hope is providing a… continue reading
August
8
2017

Hero Spotlight: Pastor Gborie Loves His Neighbors with a Servant’s Heart

Some people in leadership positions will “go along to get along,” but true leaders refuse to let go of a vision when they are convicted. Pastor Aiah Mark Gborie ( pronounced bor-ee) is the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Fellowship, the “mega-church” of Lunsar, Sierra Leone. Pastor Gborie initially learned about sustainable conservation agriculture techniques… continue reading
July
26
2017

Adjumani, Uganda

[Guest Post] My Journey to Uganda with Just Hope International

We welcome the Rev. Dr. Harold L. Martin, retired Elder and former District Superintendent in the United Methodist Church, to share about his experience traveling to Uganda with the Just Hope International team. He has served churches in the Nashville area, including Brentwood UMC as Pastor of Missions and Outreach. He resides in Hermitage, Tennessee. In… continue reading
July
25
2017

Piepanda Savings Group, Bauya, Sierra Leone

July 2017 Program Roundup

Sierra Leone Bauya True community development is coming out of the Savings Groups. One group, the Piepanda Savings Group, has learned to use the process to work through disagreements and other problems that arise from time to time, in addition to the normal week-to-week activities. Members are learning to work through their struggles, building the… continue reading
July
6
2017

Ghana Entrepreneurs, Prosper and Bright

Hero Spotlight: Ghana Entrepreneurs Look to Businesses to Increase Household Income

Business mentoring is one of four main ways we economically empower families to increase their household income. People all over the world are natural innovators and creators, and the people we work with are no different. They have ideas about businesses that would work well in their communities, and moreover, they have the local insight… continue reading