HOPE resource library
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.
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.
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.