Starting and Growing Your Business

HOPE Business Program: Starting and Growing Your Business is a character-focused, faith-based business training program specifically designed for impoverished women and at-risk girls who:

  • Demonstrate potential
  • Have a moderate level of literacy
  • Desire to provide for themselves and honorably compete in the marketplace
  • May be graduating soon from a safe house, rescue center, or orphanage
  • Need hope for a better life

Starting and Growing Your Business is facilitated by a Program Leader who:

  • Has a heart to give at-risk women and girls a voice, a choice, and a chance, thereby helping to prevent human trafficking
  • Desires to do something practical and powerful to help women achieve financial independence and build a better life
  • Is passionate about sharing God’s love

Course Structure:

Starting and Growing Your Business is a life-changing 12-month training program, which includes a 20-week formal business curriculum followed by informal bi-weekly meetings during the 24-week HOPE Loan repayment period.

To become better acquainted with this program, refer to the program excerpts below, especially “Sara’s Story.” This illustrated narrative gives students an overview of what they will be learning in Starting and Growing Your Business. It is also used throughout the program to reinforce specific business concepts as they are taught.

The Curriculum Specifics

Starting and Growing Your Business is a highly interactive learning experience that includes a variety of teaching activities. There are 20 weeks of formal sessions, each 2-3 hours long. Shorter, informal meetings follow during the loan repayment period. The entire program lasts a total of 12 months. Each session includes:

  • A Notes section which will help the leader prepare to teach each class
  • The Basics which are the essential teaching points that must be covered
  • A character-based Bible lesson
  • Optional activities to support each teaching point
  • Required Homework

The HOPE Loan Option

Starting and Growing Your Business is designed for at-risk older teen girls or women who want to start a business and become financially independent. The program leader can apply to a microfinance institution of her choice or apply for a one-time HOPE Loan from Get HOPE Global. For more specific information about the HOPE Loan Program, refer to the FAQs. In order to apply for HOPE Loans on behalf of the participants in her group, a program leader is required to:

  • Purchase the curriculum
  • Conduct the 8 Pre-Qualification Sessions
  • Ensure participants meet the stated loan requirements
  • Apply on-line for the individual loan applicants

In Summary

We are pleased that you are considering Starting and Growing Your Business and want to assure you that this kind of program works! As a program leader, you will not be liable for the repayment of loans or the success or failure of any business decisions made. However, you can be part of helping women and girls start a business, increasing their chances of becoming financially independent – and building better lives. Most importantly, you will be helping them build a strong faith in Jesus Christ, the Source of all hope and dignity and joy.

To gain a more complete perspective of what the HOPE Business Program: Starting and Growing Your Business is about, download the complete version of Sara’s Story.

Note: The version of Sara’s Story that is included with the curriculum has African-ethnicity illustrations. An version with Asian-ethnicity illustrations is also available upon request .  ALL versions of Sara’s Story are written in English.

PDF DownloadSara’s Story

A downloadable PDF overview is also available to give you a sample of how the curriculum works:

PDF DownloadTable of Contents, Program Overview and Session One

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