The mission of Esperanza International is to free children and their families from poverty through initiatives that generate income, education and health, restoring self-worth and dignity to those who have lost hope.
In the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Esperanza International is investing in the dreams of over 16,000 women, men and children and is impacting the lives of over 160,000 people!Esperanza is truly transforming lives and is dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Through a holistic model that focuses on women, thousands of women are being provided with business loans as small as $150, health care services, education, counseling and mentorships, literacy training, water services, and more. These programs work together to attack the physical and spiritual brokenness that poverty causes in an impoverished individual’s heart and mind, with the goal of renewing their sense of purpose, dignity, and ability.
In just 2013, the generosity of the Hersh Foundation directly enabled the following amazing things to happen:
- 43 new women joined Esperanza and started small businesses of their own!
- 57 Esperanza associates in the sub-communities of Duquesa, Génesis, Las Perlas, and Villa Mella were educated on the importance of cervical (PAP) exams and on prevention of vaginal infection and sexually transmitted diseases.
- 40 women received free cervical (PAP) exams in the communities mentioned above, and belonging to the Guaricanos-Sabana Perdida area in Santo Domingo Norte. This helps women catch potentially life-threatening disease early enough that they can hopefully continue to live a long and healthy life.
- Over 90 families enjoyed complementary dental services to make. An Esperanzateam filled over 80 cavities, pulled more than 90 teeth, performed two root canals, and built two bridges.
The Story of Patricia Gustavo Enese – A women personally touched by the Hersh Family Foundation
Patricia is an Esperanza associate from La Victoria, in Santo Domingo Norte. She is 37 years old and a mother of two. Patricia first heard about Esperanza through her mother, who is also an associate a; Patricia is already on the 5th payment of her first loan for $8,000 Dominican pesos (about $195 USD), for her business! With her money she opened a small beauty parlor where she can provide her community members with services such as manicures and pedicures, hair treatments and more. Patricia has opened a business that provides services to her fellow female friends that are affordable, in-demand, and highly respected – for all this the Esperanza team is very proud!
Patricia benefitted from a cervical exam in early March, which according to her “was a blessing, since the doctor treated me very well, and the results came in right away. From this point on I will continue checking my health”. Patricia said that she feels an impact, not only in a financial sense, but also spiritually, having her dignity and pride restored. Additionally, Patricia has recently been able to help pay for part of her brother’s college tuition, and is herself studying to get her high school diploma. She has begun to set a stronger and more positive example for her children, encouraging them to stop skipping school themselves.
- Education/Leadership Programs