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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

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.