HopeCore is dedicated to fostering integrated social and economic development in rural communities in Kenya and Africa.
Our goal is to enable and empower members of rural African communities by providing microloans, business education, health education, and support to the school children, teachers, and parents of our partner schools, loan recipients, and the community as a whole.
Our programs help the people of Kenya by providing them not only with education and training for personal development, but also with an entrepreneurial and health-oriented mindset that will give them confidence in their abilities to build a stronger future for the citizens of Kenya – family by family, group by group, and village by village.
Mission & Vision
Our work falls within the framework of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and Kenya’s Vision 2030. Our development philosophy is based on the belief that money alone cannot end the cycle of poverty.
We believe that poverty eradication should be approached around the vision of the “three-legged African stool of poverty eradication” – income generation, health intervention, and education.
Mission: Transforming lives through enterprise, health, and education. We pr
omote the alleviation of poverty in Kenya, East Africa, by providing micro loans, business education, health education, and health support with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS, malaria, and mother/child wellness programs.
Vision: A transformed, enabled, and empowered people of Kenya and the rest of Africa who can respond to their personal, social, and economic challenges effectively.
1982: Village HopeCore International was founded by Dr. Kajira “KK” Mugambi, Esq. nineteen years after he left his village of birth in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, where he felt the hardships of poverty firsthand, for an education in the United States.
A graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, Dr. KK later became a visiting scholar at Northwestern University, University Lecturer, Assistant Dean at UCLA, and a member of the California State Bar. Dr. KK shared his time between his California law practice and Kenya to determine the feasibility of HopeCore.
2001: After a rigorous and extensive planning period, the pilot program was implemented. The 12 women of the Ruanchege Group agreed to be the first group to receive loan and quickly exceeded expectations. To support the program, Dr. Mugambi and his team formed a corps of volunteers, established relationships with community based organizations and government agencies, and opened offices in Chogoria, Nairobi, and Culver City, California.
In July 2014, the original Ranchege Pioneers were hosted by HopeCore for a reunion lunch and celebration of their and HopeCore’s successes since the group was first formed. (The photo above was taken on that day.)
2005: Dr. KK moved back to Kenya with his family, and the Culver City office moved to Healdsburg, California. He now directs all operations in the Chogoria office and uses his experiences and education from his time in the United States to benefit the people of Kenya.
Present Day: With over 20 local employees and 3 global fellows and strong relationships with 180 schools, over 80 loan client groups, and numerous government and county officials, HopeCore is a rapidly-expanding organization dedicated to promoting health and ending poverty in the communities we reach.