Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Microenterprise Grows Lila as a Community Leader

Microenterprise Grows Lila as a Community Leader

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Beganabe, Haiti — Lila Etienne is a woman with a vision to help lift her home village of Beganabe, Haiti, out of extreme poverty. Yet not long ago, Lila’s focus was much narrower—simply putting food on the table for her three children. 

Building Relationship on the Mountainside

Building Relationship on the Mountainside

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

“Pastor, what are you hoping to do together this week?” asked Stacey.
“Beautiful things... building relationships,” Pastor Telius replied.

JELLY Fun Fair Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Haiti

JELLY Fun Fair Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Haiti

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — On Saturday, February 22, Bright Hope hosted the JELLY Fun Fair to raise money for teachers’ salaries for the nearly completed church-school in Beganabe, Haiti.  

Attend Bright Hope’s Fun Fair to Make a Difference in Haiti

Attend Bright Hope’s Fun Fair to Make a Difference in Haiti

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — You are invited to attend Bright Hope's JELLY Fun Fair and help make a difference in the lives of those living on less than a $1 a day in Beganabe, Haiti.  

Hope Spotlight: Pastor Jacques Francois, Haiti

Monday, August 19, 2013

Haut Savanette, Haiti — In 2011, Pastor Jacques Francois took over as the leader of the Haut Savanette church-school in rural Haiti.  

Microloan Begins Path to Hope for Alexande and Escania

Microloan Begins Path to Hope for Alexande and Escania

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Beganabe, Haiti — Millions of children around the world are left without parents in the wake of extreme poverty, illness, and violence. For many families in Beganabe, the reality of life, death, and hunger plague their everyday lives. This is the story of Escania, an orphan from Beganabe, and her brave grandmother, Alexande.  

Microloans in Haut Savanette See Success

Microloans in Haut Savanette See Success

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Haut Savanette, Haiti —The microloan program in Haut Savanette was reestablished in 2011 after Pastor Francois took over as leader. Five participants recently completed their $100 level loan and are ready for an increase. These five church members work as a group and each is only eligible for the next six month loan when all group members have repaid their own loan.

Patrick has been a church member since 2011 and a microloan participant since 2012. Patrick uses his loan to keep a full inventory for his two trades. He buys chickens in Pignon, and after fattening them up on water, bugs and corn, he takes them to St. Raphael and resells them. In order to make the chicken trade worthwhile, his goal is to sell about twelve chickens weekly. On his trips to St. Raphael, he takes charcoal he either makes or buys local in Savanette to sell in Cap Haitian. Patrick makes the trip to Cap two times a month, and tries to align the trip with his travel to St. Raphael to save on travel cost. Both of these small businesses help him to take care of his seven family members.


Silnise, 27, is one of the original loan participants and been a church member since 2011. In order to help provide for the ten family members she lives with, Silnise sells gasoline along the main road in Savanette. She travels to Cap Haitian about two times each month to purchase gasoline. She carries them herself into town and stocks up her stand by the road. She can sell up to three gallons of gasoline per day, but many days she sells nothing. As with many small businesses in rural Haiti, travel costs eat up much of the profit to be made, and Silnise pays about $10 round trip each time she travels to Cap Haitian.

The repayment activity for this group at Haut Savanette consistently maintains their repayments above the program’s average of 92%. The program is at a point where expansion is appropriate. Ten individuals waiting to participate in the program, starting at the base level amount. But additional capital is needed to allow both of these increases.

Pastor Francois is optimistic about the microloan program expanding and flourishing in time. He has high hopes for his church and congregation and putting them on the path towards self-sustainability.

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A School and Well Bring Transformation in Haut Savanette

A School and Well Bring Transformation in Haut Savanette

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Haut Savanette, Haiti — This past year marked some great new achievements and positively affected hundreds in the surrounding community of Haut Savanette. Much of this is attributed to Pastor Jacques Francois, who took over the pastoral role at the church and the leadership duties for the school two years ago.  

First Half of JELLY Church-School Delivered and Installed in Beganabe

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beganabe, Haiti — Last week, Bright Hope rejoiced as the first JELLY container was delivered and installed in the rural village of Beganabe, Haiti.  

Strong Wind Storm Levels Monarque

Friday, June 07, 2013

Monarque, Haiti — Haiti officially announced the beginning of hurricane season on Saturday, June 1. Days later on Wednesday, June 7, a strong wind storm tore through the rural village of Monarque, Haiti. 

First JELLY Church-School Container Departs Chicago for Haiti

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — Bright Hope's first JELLY container left the Bright Hope warehouse today, en route to Jacksonville, Florida, where it will be shipped to Haiti. 

Update on Hurricane Isaac

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pignon, Haiti — Our in-country partners in Haiti opened up their churches to those fleeing the tent cities from the flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac. Bright Hope is supporting these efforts by empowering the local church to take care of them and provide food. Please continue to pray for those affected by the storm.