HOPE’s model of Christ-centered microfinance accompanies people in the long-term process of spiritual and physical transformation. Each loan is serviced by up to 20 community visits and meetings over a period of six months. During this time, HOPE offers ongoing business training and connects associates with churches and individuals in their community who can disciple them.
Eustace, who describes her position with HOPE as her “dream job,” is currently working on a multi-month costing analysis to increase organizational efficiency for Esperanza. “This year, administration is pushing initiatives to redesign and standardize internal processes,” she said. “A lot of changes are being made to help us impact thousands of more Dominicans. It’s an exciting time to be involved.”
Daniel Sterkenburg, M.B.A, who taught one of Eustace’s senior business courses at Cedarville, is gratified to see the work that she is doing. “It’s really pleasing to see Abby use the skills that she obtained here both in business skills and specifically through the global business major,” he said. “It makes my work worthwhile.”
Eustace remembers with fondness how Cedarville influenced her involvement in business as mission. “My business professors always emphasized keeping Christ at the center of our lives and work,” she said. “I remember the OneVoice Gospel Choir singing in chapel, ‘Jesus Be the Center of It All.’ That’s my prayer as I work with HOPE in the Dominican Republic: to help free people from spiritual and physical poverty.”