Lending Institution Partnerships
ASPIRE is a faith-based Co-Op in the Dominican Republic. It was originally founded as a non-profit organization in 1983. ASPIRE was established with the purpose of promoting comprehensive development to micro entrepreneurs through the distribution of loans, technical assistance, and education based on Christian values. Since its foundation, ASPIRE has distributed thousands of loans to thousands of micro and small entrepreneurs, giving them the opportunity to carry out their microenterprises as a decent way of supporting their families. As a Co-Op, ASPIRE is now able to hold savings for clients, helping them to better build their futures!
Esperanza International’s mission is to free children and their families from poverty through initiatives that generate income, education, and health, restoring self-worth and dignity to those who have lost hope. Esperanza works in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti. Their partnership with Edify began in early 2011 and is focused on the Dominican Republic.
Educational Programming Partnership
Aprendi is a Christian teacher-training organization based in the Dominican Republic. The nonprofit organization provides in-service training to schools in the Edify program as well as other Christian schools. The organization is led and staffed by local experts in education.
Chrysalis’ mission is to disciple leaders by Biblical principles, methods and tools of Christian education and government for individual and cultural reformation. Chrysalis International has written and produced an enriched, principle-based curriculum for children called AMO. This program integrates a Christian worldview into all subjects.
Our Staff Based in the Dominican Republic
|Luis Sena, Vice President of Latin American Programs|
Luis Sena has dedicated his entire career to working for the poor who lack spiritual and material resources. He was born and raised in Santo Domingo and graduated as an Architect in 1980. After graduation, he became a follower of Christ. His newfound faith inspired his twenty-eight year career in Community Development with Food for the Hungry International. From 2011-2013 Luis served as the Program Manager for the Esperanza-Edify program. In 2014, he joined the Edify team serving in various leadership roles before taking on his current role as Latin America Vice-President. Luis also served as co-pastor and teacher at a Baptist church for 27 years. He lives in his hometown of Santo Domingo and is married to Carmen. He and his wife have three children: Elizabeth, Sara and Luis David.
|Jose Ramon, Director of Dominican Republic Programs|
Jose Ramon is Edify’s Director of Dominican Republic Programs.
Jose Ramon Rodriguez brings his depth of experience in church and school leadership to provide oversight for all Edify programs in the Dominican Republic. His degree in Organizational Management equips him to guide teams strategically. He served as the Director of a Christian school in San Juan de la Marguana and was the Program Director for World Vision, Dominican Republic before assuming pastorship of Iglesia Cristiana Comunitaria in Santo Domingo. In 2014, Jose Ramon joined Edify as Program Director Dominican Republic. He lives in Santo Domingo with his wife and two children and is committed to leading morning devotionals in his neighborhood at a local gym.
|Leandro Peguero, Christian Transformation and Training Officer|
Leandro Peguero has a great passion for training and education and serves as Edify’s Christian Transformation and Training Officer in the Dominican Republic. He works with the teachers to providing training and follow-up on the most effective use and implementation of Christ-centered curriculum and child evangelism. He may also provide targeted support to help an individual school strategize to reach goals specific to their environment. Prior to joining Edify, Leandro spent eight years working for Compassion International as Program Implementation Manager.
|Raquel Eloy, AMO Training Coordinator and Supervisor|
Raquel Eloy is Edify’s AMO Training Coordinator and Supervisor in the Dominican Republic.
God placed an unmistakable call on Raquel Eloy’s life to be a teacher. She followed this call and studied education at university and had the delight of teaching students for 15 years. In 2012 she began collaborating with Esperanza International, which would eventually introduce her to Edify’s work. After seeing Edify’s model of work, God gave Raquel a new vision for how she might use her talents and passions to edify Christian education by integrating teacher training with Biblical principles. Today, Raquel is Edify’s AMO Training Coordinator and Supervisor in the Dominican Republic.
|Denis Sabino Rosario, School Financial Sustainability Officer|
Denis Sabino Rosario is Edify’s School Financial Sustainability Officer in the Dominican Republic and is a certified public accountant. Denis helps schools improve their financial sustainability and administration by offering trainings and implementation monitoring. Helping schools to operate efficiently with their resources is an important strategy for the long-term health of any organization. We are fortunate to have a team member, like Denis, who can lend their special expertise to equip schools to keep doing their good work.
|Dilenia de Jesús, Office Manager|
Dilenia de Jesús is Edify’s Office Manager in the Dominican Republic.
She oversees the program budget, office administration as well as providing assistance to program leaders to ensure that Edify’s work is fully supported on the business side. She has held various administrative roles throughout her career, often including financial oversight. In 2009, she has personally impacted through an amazing experience of working for World Vision, it was here that she discovered that she could apply her unique skills in administration to help others in need.
|Marlena May, Planning, Monitoring, & Assessment|
Marlena May serves as Edify’s Planning, Monitoring, and Assessment Officer in the Dominican Republic. She joined Edify in the summer of 2015 when she felt God calling her to promote Christ-centered development through education in Latin American countries. She loves her job, where she plans Edify’s activities and evaluates their success. Her favorite aspect of her work is showing how lives are transformed through Edify’s activities using data and impact stories.
|Daniel Emilio Julian, Core Program Facilitator|
Daniel Emilio has a degree in marketing. He has worked in marketing and sales starting at a young age and even started his own business! He has always felt a calling to help people escape poverty and to change their mindset about what is possible. He believes education based on biblical principles is the best way to change society and is passionate about spreading the Word of God to the next generations. He is excited to join Edify as a facilitator for the Core Program in the Greater Santiago region (Northern Dominican Republic) in order to expand the Kingdom.
|Keren Peña, Program Specialist|
Keren Peña graduated from Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo with a B.A. in Marketing. In 2012 she moved to Michigan to pursue a Masters degree in Communications at Western Michigan University.
|Carlos Gómez, Educational Technology Officer|
Carlos Gómez joined the Edify team in February of 2017 as an Educational Technology Officer. An electronics engineer by training, he spent 5 years in the electronics manufacturing industry working with multinational teams later joining Esperanza, serving there for 10 years as an IT Systems Administrator. During his early years at Esperanza, he felt called to start serving his local church children evangelism outreach ministry. Carlos is passionate about the potential of educational technology to empower teachers to engage and nourish a new generation of students as God-fearing lifelong learners.