cervical cancer prevention
3.9 million women in the Dominican Republic are at risk for cervical cancer. Given we serve primarily women, one tangible way that we provide for the physical needs of our borrowers is through an annual cervical cancer exam. We also provide follow up services should the results be abnormal.
dental health and hygiene
Through a partnership with the Crown Council and Smiles for Life, Esperanza provides routine dental care services to our Associates. Rotating dental clinics provide cleanings, extractions, fillings and reconstructive surgeries. Additionally, through bi-weekly health trainings we educate our borrowers and their communities about the importance of oral health.
Loan Officers perform health trainings for our Associates as a part of each bi-weekly repayment meeting. Topics including sanitation, health, and preventative measures against common diseases in the Dominican Republic such as STDs and Zika.
In depth vocational training equips borrowers to learn a new trade, deepen an existing skill, or improve business practices. Courses offered to Esperanza Associates include sewing, cooking, and budgeting for business expenses.
Using the “Doing Business God’s Way” curriculum, we equip entrepreneurs with financial and spiritual acumen to steward their business with excellence. These trainings equip our Associates in financial management, budgeting, and customer service as part of our business training and development program.