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Mentors International

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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tanner Y.


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.



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 Doug L.


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!!