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Founder, Robert L. Hancock

Founder, Robert L. Hancock

Providence International Enterprises, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on humanitarian relief efforts. Founded in 2000 by Robert Lincoln Hancock, a business and ministry developer with decades of microfinance experience, Providence International builds on the success of Enterprise Development International and Opportunity International, wherein he served as President & CEO and Executive Director respectively.

Mirroring the success of Enterprise Development International and Opportunity International, both of which were founded by veteran missionary and businessperson, Paris Reidhead, Providence International is a values-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to accelerating lifetime livelihoods that free families from poverty. The organization operates with established business principles and best practices, helping impoverished individuals and families forge a hope-filled future.


Globally, Providence International's mission is to "develop lifetime livelihoods, freeing families from poverty with microfinance loans to realize their God given potential," and domestically the organization does the same, "providing opportunities for at-risk individuals to actualize their innate goodness, becoming productive, contributing, and law-abiding citizens." 


Providence International's long-range vision, both internationally and domestically, is to provide the opportunities for at-risk individuals to develop their God-given potential and become productive, contributing citizens. For some people, this means securing a microfinance loan to start a business, and for others it means job skills training in collaboration with social service agencies. 


Providence values people through job placement, learning and service optimization; stewardship that multiplies job and income generation; prosperity, which comes from hard work and free enterprise; freedom from dependency; training for responsibility and integrity; employers that create jobs; employees that are valued and appreciated; and reinvesting to multiply the blessing of livelihood loans for a lifetime.