Pilgrim of Hope is an initiative of the Diocese of Owensboro, in Kentucky, USA. Through this programme, funds are provided for the start-up of micro-businesses, to persons identified by the Diocese who have indicated their readiness to sustain a business. The purpose of the grant is to enable recipients to become self- sufficient, supporting themselves and their families as a result of these business start-ups.
Recipients must be committed to making the business successful and to expand and sustain it by re-investing a portion of the profits into it. Recipients must have a business plan and provide Pilgrims of Hope with information about the people the business will support such their names, relationship, special needs etc.