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Hope Store

Hope Store is a micro credit program that provides start-up loans to ensure the financial self-reliance of single mothers and bring positive change to the lives of their families.

Hope Store

Stores Run by Single Mothers

Beautiful World Fund

The Hope Store program began on June 30, 2003 with the Beautiful World Fund donated by the family of Amorepacific founder Suh Sung-whan to uphold his dedication towards the welfare of women and children. In partnership with the Beautiful World Fund, the Hope Store program provides support to business startups in various areas, including food, beauty, service, wholesale and retail manufacturing, and education, so that single mother and child households can achieve stable livelihood. Since the first Hope Store opened in 2004, a total of 402 Hope Stores (as of 2019) opened with No. 100 in 2011 and No. 200 in 2013.

Positive Changes through Enhanced Economic Empowerment

Hope Store not only contributes to the economic empowerment of the individual business owner, but also brings social benefits such as improved access to financial services. Hope Store beneficiaries, selected through call for projects, are offered up to KRW 40 million in funds to start a business (including a deposit for their businesses) at an annual interest rate of 1%. The repayment period is 8 years and the repayments and interest repaid by store owners are saved to offer startup funds to other single mothers. The repayment rate of Hope Store owners is 78.5% and their average monthly income is KRW 2,426,509, which is 91% of the average income of small business owners in Korea (as of December 2019).

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Key results (2004~2021)

  • No. of Hope Stores Opened
    Number of hope stores opened, 474
  • Repayment Rate
    Repayment rate, 82 %
  • Survival Rate
    Survival rate, 71 %
  • CSR Expenditure
    Funds executed, 26.1 billion won