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Microfinance & savings operations

Simple HOPE

Simple HOPE is the best place to start for anyone interested in learning about HOPE International. The core elements of HOPE’s teams and programs are explained simply and succinctly within this document.

Download: Simple HOPE (2 MB pdf)

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Restore: Savings group facilitation guide

Developed in collaboration with the Chalmers Center, the Restore: Savings church facilitator guide equips congregations to start savings groups as a church ministry. The biblically based curriculum covers group formation, training, meeting structure, and all of the financial transactions that take place in a savings group. HOPE uses this guide with our international church partners. This curriculum works in a variety of contexts, including very low-income areas.

Download: Restore: Savings church facilitator guide (6 MB pdf)

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Listening, Monitoring, and Evaluation

The mission of the Listening, Monitoring, and Evaluation team at HOPE International is to better understand all stakeholders and HOPE's relationship with them in order to improve mission fulfillment. The resources below include an overview of these activities at HOPE and a copy of the manifesto that guides LM&E activities.

Download: LM&E at HOPE International (902 KB pdf)

Download: LM&E manifesto (415 KB pdf)

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HOPE Quotient monitoring and evaluation survey

The HOPE Quotient is the survey that HOPE International's Listening, Monitoring, and Evaluation team uses to measure change in the lives of clients over time. It measures impact in four dimensions addressed by HOPE’s services: spiritual, social, personal, and material. The resources below include sample survey questions and research briefs on findings from the survey in three of HOPE's programs.

Download: HOPE Quotient survey example (2 MB pdf)

Download: HOPE Congo MFI research brief (937 KB pdf)

Download: HOPE Rwanda SCA research brief (1 MB pdf)

Download: HOPE Ukraine MFI research brief (1 MB pdf)

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When Helping Hurts

Poverty is more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes more than donations to solve it. When Helping Hurts, by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett of the Chalmers Center, shares a biblically based approach to poverty alleviation. This book is a great starting point for those interested in serving others through microenterprise development.

Link: When Helping Hurts website

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From Dependence to Dignity

The Chalmers Center wrote this book as a follow-up to When Helping Hurts. The book unpacks the principles of how to design effective microfinance and savings ministries and avoid common pitfalls. HOPE follows many of these principles in our programs. This is a practical resource to move forward in microenterprise development as an organization or church.

Link: From Dependence to Dignity website

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Business, Home, and Health training

The Chalmers Center offers Business, Home, and Health training materials covering practical topics including financial literacy and personal health. The lessons are relevant to many international contexts and can be integrated into microenterprise development programs and offered by the local church. This curriculum and other microfinance resources can be downloaded by creating a free account on the Chalmers Center website.

Link: Create a free account at the Chalmers Center portal

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