Dominican Republic: May 2018
May 21, 2018 – May 26, 2018
Since 2012, HPUMC Community Loan Program has partnered with Esperanza International to provide microloans to entrepreneurs in the Dominican Republic. Esperanza is a holistic approach to poverty alleviation, providing access to capital along with preventative healthcare and education to the poorest of the poor. Through microfinance and vocational training, Esperanza and HPUMC provide financial tools to equip borrowers earning between $2-$4/day, restoring dignity to those who have lost hope. During this trip, HPUMC participants will learn about sustainable microfinance operations, visit entrepreneurs’ local businesses and homes, and teach workshops on basic business practices such as budgeting and saving.
Trip Leader: Arang Cistulli and an Esperanza staff leader
Open to: Adults and children age 16 and older, All professional backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge about microfinance loans are welcome
Cost: $1,100 + airfare
Type of work: Participants will provide Christian business advice through simple PowerPoint presentations to Haitian and Dominican borrowers receiving microloans. Trip participants will begin meeting 12 weeks in advance to prepare the presentations with the guidance of Esperanza staff.
Lodging: Local hotel arranged by Esperanza Trips Coordinator
Risks: none outside of inherent risk of mission work/international travel
Passport required: yes
Visa required: no
Vaccinations/Medications: Hepatitis A, Typhoid
*all travelers are required to be up-to-date on routine vaccinations
Please check the CDC website for additional information regarding immunization recommendations for the country you are going to.
Financial Aid: To learn more and apply for a need-based scholarship, fill out the application here.
Apply for this team: Please fill out the team member application. We will follow up with you to set up a meeting where we will cover next steps and more details.