Where Hope Starts

Where Hope Starts

Announcement Date: May 24, 2013

When Seattle Mariners catcher Dave Valle came to the Dominican Republic to play winter ball in 1985, he was only expecting to improve his baseball. Instead, he found a lifetime commitment. Motivated by the poverty he and his wife witnessed during his visits to the region, Valle and his wife founded Esperanza (Hope), an organization that empowers mothers to become entrepreneurs with businesses that have lifted both their incomes and their spirits.