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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Shaylin P.


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


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.



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 Robert97


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



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.


Rating: 5

I have been a financial supporter of Mentors International for the past 5 years. What an amazing cause with a mission to lift others from poverty. My wife and I have had the opportunity to visit clients oversees and have first hand listened to, served and cried with individuals who have had their lives completely changed because of Mentors. Their program is not designed to simply lend money to an individual, but to truly mentor the individual in how to become successful in using this money to not only change their life, but the lives of hundreds around them in creating employment opportunity. What a blessing it has been for our family to take a small part is such a great cause. Thank you mentors and may the Lord bless you in your efforts and successes.



Rating: 5

I'm not sure what the background of 'nonprofitadvisorsgroup' happens to be, but the comments they made would lead me to believe they are a former disgruntled employee.

I have donated money to Mentors International. My wife and I visited many individuals in Guatemala who have been assisted by Mentors. These humble people of Guatemala are hard working mothers and fathers who want to make a difference in the lives of their children and fellow countrymen. Mentors allows them to get a boost in the form of a microloan. Yes, these people pay interest on the loan and are held responsible to pay the loan back. The fact is that the wonderful people of Guatemala have a 100% repayment record.

Mentors has programs in many 3rd world countries and has had success in all. I don't know where the money for the salaries of the full-time staff come from, but I am certain they deserve what they are paid and I don't think it matters considering the impact being made in the lives of tens of thousands of people in the world. That influence for good will simply grow as the children of those assisted grow up in a better circumstance due to the programs provided by Mentors.

I know the people of Guatemala very well having lived among them for more than a year and a half. These people know how to work and are proud of their country and especially proud of their families. They are willing to work their hands to the bone to help their children get a better start in life than they had. We should all be proud of Mentors and other organizations like it who go out in the world and do good. After all that should be the goal of all mankind, to go out into the world and do good to our fellow men, women and especially children.

God bless Mentors and those who work and serve with them!