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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Small Business Development

Mission: In Developing Countries...

Foster the establishment of partner organizations to assist families that struggle for self-sufficiency to attain a self-reliant livelihood through small enterprise activities by providing principle-based training, character development, counseling, mentoring and micro-finance services for productive purposes.

In Developed Countries...

Provide those having the means and desire to assist the impoverished in a meaningful and lasting way with proven and practical methods of self-help to extend, not hand-outs, but a hand up.

Target demographics: The poor in developing countries are trapped. They lack education, good nutrition, and a safe place to raise their families. They cope with harsh social, economic, and environmental hardships. Poverty problems are extensive and complex. Inherited hunger, chronic malnourishment, and stunted growth have negative long-term effects on a child’s working capacity and intellectual performance. These serious effects reach far into adulthood. Such nutritional problems are prevalent in developing countries. Illness, disease, ignorance, abuse, and degrading customs are prevalent, too. Because there is no formal economy, a majority of the populations in developing countries can’t find work. They must fend for themselves and their families without the resources they need to succeed.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 55,979

Geographic areas served: Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru

Programs: Mentors' seven partner foundations in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, the Philippines and Peru offer basic business training, personalized consulting, mentoring and small loans to those who have the desire to improve their family's standard of living through entrepreneurship and self-employment. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." --Lao Tzu Enterprise Mentors adds: "Motivate him to teach others to fish and you feed a nation."

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tanner Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are many organizations out there that have the desire to help people, but Mentors provides long term solutions. Microloans coupled with the business training courses can truly lift families out of poverty.

1 Shaylin P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am sitting at the annual gala for the 6th year in a row. I am amazed by the changes they are affecting in the lives of people around the world. All faculty costs are underwritten by the board and all fundraising goes directly to benefit recipient lives. - Shaylin L Peck

1

Board Member

Rating: 4

I became aware of Mentors International about 14 years ago. At that time I had personally experienced the opportunities that come when kind-hearted, hard-working, and generous people provide a chance for other hard-working people to self sustain--and beyond. With gratitude in my heart for my benefactors, I began supporting Mentors. Over the years I have come to appreciate the way Mentors efficiently matches kind-hearted donors with the hard-working poor to develop the dignity that results from self reliance. Only the most compelling purposes on earth have held my attention for this long. If you desire the feelings that well up inside when one helps the poor and needy help themselves, you might seriously consider Mentors International.

Donor

Rating: 4

I think what Mentors does is fantastic. They provide true and lasting change for those who want to get out of poverty but can't. They provide a small loan so that people can have pride in themselves and their ability to provide for their family.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I like most about Mentors International, is that it is a hand up, not a hand out.

I spent 6 weeks in The Philippines interning for this wonderful company and I have never seen so many lives impacted in such a positive way. I interviewed countless Filipino clients of Mentors, who wept as they told me about this company and these people who have forever changed the lives of their families. Thanks to the loan program offered by Mentors, women who would typically be unable to feed their children are sending them through college.
It's a wonderful organization full of heart and soul and amazing people who just want to help.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Mentors International is one of the best run organizations out there. Contributing to others in the past and after much research, we found this to be the highest caliber and integrity Nonprofit team. The program they run is incredibly successful in teaching those they help to be independent, profitable and confident.

1 Doug L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Mentors for several years helping them with their videos. Last September they asked me to go to Guatemala and I saw first hand the good that they are doing. For me it was an eye opening experience of the richness that we have in this country and the extreme poverty that is all over the world. I only wish I could give more. Mentors is a great organization!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helps people in developing countries improve their lives and financial standings. My parents have been involved with Mentors for many years and have traveled to Guatemala to see first hand the great work be provided through business loans. This teaches others how to take care of themselves, a true hand-up not a hand-out.

1 Robert97

Donor

Rating: 5

We contribute to Mentors International because it fosters self-reliance and gives opportunity and hope to people that truly have the hunger to work hard and succeed. With just a few hundred dollars the recipients create industry, support their families, and stimulate their local economies. Their stories truly inspire us. They repay their loans at a very high rate. It is a gift that keeps on giving. We only wish we could do more.

Robert and Christine Smith

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The great thing about Mentors is that it doesn't just give handouts to people, it lends money and teaches people to work. That way people learn to rely on themselves, and teach their children that too. I would love in the future to go on a trip with Mentors to see their work firsthand.