Empowering, Training, and Mentoring the World’s Impoverished

Over 730 million people throughout the world live on less than $1.90 a day, which isn’t enough to even survive. With little education and even fewer opportunities, these families find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty that has lasted for generations.

Helping the poor doesn’t mean just giving them money or handouts. Mentors International is founded on principles of self-reliance. By providing a hand up through our business training and mentoring programs, and then providing micro-loans, these impoverished entrepreneurs have the necessary resources to create sustainable businesses. As families grow in greater self-reliance they become able to:

  • Send their children to school
  • Afford to eat nutritious meals
  • Build better Homes
  • Save for the future
  • Create jobs for other

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Together we can make a difference for good throughout the world.

Our Impact

During 2018, thanks to generous donations we loaned out over $4.8 million USD to impoverished entrepreneurs. (90% of the loans given are to women.) The number of families and communities we are able to assist is continually growing. We are excited to share with you some of what we were able to accomplish during 2018.

Our Beginning

The candy man, “Mr. Willy Wonka” himself, wanted to make the world a better place. Menlo F. Smith, the founder of Sunmark Companies, a true entrepreneur at heart, was struck by the extreme poverty and suffering he witnessed while working on a three-year humanitarian project in the Philippines in the 1980’s 

Our Mission is to empower the world’s poor to grow in self-reliance through personal and business mentoring and access to financial services.


Mentoring teaches us to lift each other up, creating powerful positive long-lasting relationships along the way. Our mentors teach these impoverished entrepreneurs to create a vision for their families and their businesses and help them understand that they can achieve more than they think they can.

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Business Training

We provide personalized training that helps the poor make sound business and financial decisions. Teaching life skills and principles fostering leadership and commitment. These entrepreneurs learn to cut costs, to create additional product lines, and to manage their personal finances.

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Financial Services

Microcredit or a micro-loan is just one part of the solution. Mentors International provides an array of financial services including savings, life insurance options, independent loans, insurance products, and training. 

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

- John Quincy Adams

Leadership Team

Mentors International’s Leadership Team brings a robust level of experience and they are dedicated to the mission of ending poverty in a sustainable way. Combined they bring over 50 years of experience. 

International Directors

Our International Directors are native to the countries in which they serve. They are deeply committed to their communities and to the people they lead.

Board of Directors

All board members give of their time and talents in a volunteer capacity. We are very grateful for the knowledge and experience that they provide. If you would like to serve on our board, click below.

Success stories of the entrepreneurs and families we serve.

Melchora is a humble wife and talented seamstress from the Philippines. Her husband was hurt in an industrial accident leaving him blind. Melchora was left with the daunting task of having to take care of her husband and children while trying to financially support their family. When Melchora first started working with Mentors Philippine she had a $100 loan and a sewing business.

Melchora told us profoundly, “I knew poverty, my mother and grandmother grew up in poverty. My children knew poverty, but my grandchildren will never know poverty”

Melchora’s story exemplifies the principles of self-reliance and prosperity. This is only one of the thousands of stories we have to share. And there are thousands of more entrepreneurs waiting their turn. Simply put, we need more fuel to serve more entrepreneurs and their families.