Lori’s first visit to Honduras was in 1999 soon after Hurricane Mitch ravaged the capitol city and surrounding areas. She was part of a Torch mission team who came to provide housing, food and medical care. Lori was impacted deeply by the poverty she saw, and was drawn to the women and children and their daily struggle to survive. It was then that a passion for justice and empowerment for women in the developing world began. Lori and her husband Mark moved to Honduras in 2008 to work among the people full time.
In 2002 Lori Connell Co-founded Mi Esperanza. Lori serves as the COO of Mi Esperanza overseeing the day to day operations of the program which includes the skills training school , micro-credit program, production house and the ME brand are her primary responsibilities. Lori’s passion is to improve the lives of women living in extreme poverty, knowing it will change the lives of their children, families and communities...."the ripple effect of love is endless." Lori & Mark have 2 children; Ryan Connell Hargis and Eric Connell. Lori's favorite job is being Lola to her 5 grandchildren, Will, Maya, Kate, Andrew and Henry. The work in Honduras is a family affair and they deeply love serving together among the poor.