Rating: 4.5 stars 12 reviews
Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance
Location: 65 East Wadsworth Park Dr. Ste 207 Draper UT 84020 USA
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."
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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.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Further perfect the methods by which they help the world's poor self sustain. I would do this by recruiting kind-hearted people with the talent to perfect the methods. The nearly self-sustaining nature of the model and the deep feelings of charity towards fellow men will likely attract the needed monetary resource to impact more people.
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