I came to be a mother later in life. I had often heard that you never understand a mother’s love until you become one yourself. I am not sure I completely agree with that statement, but I do understand why many people say it. There are many ups and downs to motherhood.

Some of the downs: no sleep (I hear until they move out), big messes (I didn’t know one 5-year-old could destroy a room so quickly), hearing “Mom” for the fifth time (even though you have answered “yes” to at least three of those). The ups: cuddle time (who would have thought reading Curious George for the 90th time could be so fun), hearing “Mom” yelled all day long (and knowing you are the only one that can really answer that), drawings that she makes of you as a “surprise” that are better than any Van Gogh.

These ups and downs are universal around the world – most mothers don’t get great sleep, many enjoy reading to their children, and all mother’s love being called “Mom”. However, when I traveled to Guatemala last September to meet some of our clients, I realized a unique challenge to those mothers – how will I feed my child today, tomorrow and the next day? Most moms in our country can provide food, shelter, clean water, and the opportunity to go to school. But many of the people that we serve ask themselves day after day, Can I provide food for my children today? Will I be able to send them to school? Can I give them a better life?

With Mentors International, the answer is yes. A mother who will fight for a better life for her children, will work tirelessly, will save and go without to provide a better life—she is the kind of woman Mentors can and does help. Often the mothers Mentors helps need just that hand reaching out to them to help them get on the path. Then once they have that boost, the sky is the limit. Mentors helps end poverty through self-reliance. It provides the path, the work, and the motivation—Mentors just helps these mothers with a small loan—maybe $100—that’s all it takes. It is amazing to see the transformation in their eyes. I invite you to read more about their stories on our website or call and find out how you can help.

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