Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Atala Receives New Home

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Apac, Uganda — Back in October, we brought you the story of Atala Tericania, a handicapped widow who lost her house and business in a fire last September. Several Bright Hope allies heard her story and responded to her situation. We are blessed by these allies who made it possible for Bright Hope to come alongside Atala and build her a new brick house. 


Bus Services to Generate Income for School and Teachers

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nairobi, Kenya — March 6 was a special day for two Bright Hope partners – Outreach Community Church in Mathare Valley, Kenya, and Hope Church from Springfield, Illinois. 


Microloan Recipient Now Able to Care for Family

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — In 2009, Georgina was divorced and struggling to support her six children. Last year, she was chosen to receive a microloan from her local church. With the microloan and support from her loan group, she began to farm. This year, she’s expecting a bumper crop of cassava and groundnuts and has decided to remove herself from the program, stating that she is now able to care for her family. 


Microloan Recipients Seeing Business Grow

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Pignon, Haiti — Many of the recipients on the microloan program have received and successfully paid back six loans and have recently received a seventh. The impact to these individuals and their community is notable. Two families on the program have seen growth in their lives. 


New Curriculum Developed for Samfya Bible School

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Samfya Bible School is in the process of re-developing its curriculum. The new structure will allow the classes to be presented within the context of the rural church and community. 


Microloan Case Study in Bolivia Shows Great Impact

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

El Alto, Bolivia — One family benefiting from Bethesda's microloan program is the Zapata family. Carmen Zapata owns a business where she washes cars in the street in front of her house. She has two daughters Nayla (13) and Andrea (9), and Carmen is very proud to tell us that they are great students.   


Loans to Change Deforestation on Mbabala Island

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mbabala Island, Zambia — Zambia is one of the highest rated countries for deforestation, in fact, it is ranked in the top five. Why? 


Ongoing Programs Training Providing Brighter Futures

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Uttar Pradesh, India — A candle-making and food preservation training was held through Christian Fellowship to provide skills to 26 students. Additionally, there were 32 women, mostly from impoverished areas, who completed a sewing training class. 


Beracah Widow Becomes Self-Sustainable

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Beracah, Zambia — Ruthy, a widow trying to support her 8 kids (1 with Down's Syndrome), was added to the Beracah program in 2009 to support the kids' education and provide job training. She was given a $30 loan for a kitchen garden to grow tomatoes, collard greens and Chinese cabbage. The loan was repaid and she earned another for $60 for chicken rearing. She used some of the money to buy inputs from a co-op for maize farming, as well as hiring someone to dig a well on her property for clean water.  


Marta's Testimony: "It Is Evident That This Benefits Us All"

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Alto Bio Bio, Chile — Marta Cheuque told us in her own words how the microloan program in the Mapuche Indian Network has impacted her life. 


Beracah Seeing High Loan Re-Payment Rates

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Beracah, Zambia — At the close of 2011, the programs at Beracah were thriving. The microloan program invited 51 families to join the program with 48 loan recipients paying back their first loan on time. 


Women in Jam-Making Project Share Their Stories

Friday, January 06, 2012

Alto Bio Bio, Chile — We received testimonies from two women enrolled in the Mapuche Indian Church Network jam-making project: