Dominican Republic2021-03-03T14:25:45-05:00

Dominican Republic

Serving this Caribbean nation since 2019.

Dominican Republic

Serving this Caribbean nation since 2019.

Dominican Republic

212 Families
Impacted Last Year

Established in 2019, Mentors Dominican Republic serves some of the most at-risk communities in the region. Due to drastic income inequality, 32% of the population lives below the poverty line of $5.50 per day.

The Dominican Republic is also a source and destination for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. It’s estimated that between 60,000 and 100,000 women work as prostitutes. In addition, many families don’t have proper documentation, which prevents children from attending school and parents from applying for jobs.

Through partnerships with local organizations, we are able to help survivors of human trafficking, recent immigrants, and poverty-stricken families to achieve sustainable self-reliance.

We provide personalized training to help them make sound business and financial decisions, as well as classes that teach life skills and foster leadership and commitment. Mentees also receive ongoing mentorship and, if beneficial to their goals, will be able to receive small loans and other financial solutions that they otherwise would not have access to.

The COVID-19 outbreak is challenging the Dominican Republic’s ability to maintain stable economic growth. During the most recent quarter, the Dominican Republic government has taken steps to re-establish the economy and re-open various businesses after a lengthy shutdown. However, the country still continues with a curfew beginning at 9:00 PM on weekdays. Tourism, which is the country’s largest source of economic activity, has been reestablished, but at a much-reduced level compared to the pre-pandemic era. COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to be reported, although to a lesser extent.

A great majority of the individuals and families we serve were dedicated to the sale of a variety of products in the markets. Unfortunately, government authorities are still not authorizing the opening of the markets in a large-scale fashion.  As a consequence, many of these entrepreneurs have had to dedicate themselves to other activities, such as selling vegetables at traffic lights and or preparing and selling food from corner kiosks. Some have chosen to sell their wares on the street and others have attempted to convert their homes into storefronts to sell their products in their local neighborhoods.

Our clients are strong and resilient. With the sustained support from Mentors International professional mentors and trainers, they have, in large measure, been able to continue to support their families and in many cases get ahead, during this very difficult time.

Dominican Republic

212 Families
Impacted Last Year

Established in 2019, Mentors Dominican Republic serves some of the most at-risk communities in the region. Due to drastic income inequality, 32% of the population lives below the poverty line of $5.50 per day.

The Dominican Republic is also a source and destination for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. It’s estimated that between 60,000 and 100,000 women work as prostitutes. In addition, many families don’t have proper documentation, which prevents children from attending school and parents from applying for jobs.

Through partnerships with local organizations, we are able to help survivors of human trafficking, recent immigrants, and poverty-stricken families to achieve sustainable self-reliance.

We provide personalized training to help them make sound business and financial decisions, as well as classes that teach life skills and foster leadership and commitment. Mentees also receive ongoing mentorship and, if beneficial to their goals, will be able to receive small loans and other financial solutions that they otherwise would not have access to.

The COVID-19 outbreak is challenging the Dominican Republic’s ability to maintain stable economic growth. During the most recent quarter, the Dominican Republic government has taken steps to re-establish the economy and re-open various businesses after a lengthy shutdown. However, the country still continues with a curfew beginning at 9:00 PM on weekdays. Tourism, which is the country’s largest source of economic activity, has been reestablished, but at a much-reduced level compared to the pre-pandemic era. COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to be reported, although to a lesser extent.

A great majority of the individuals and families we serve were dedicated to the sale of a variety of products in the markets. Unfortunately, government authorities are still not authorizing the opening of the markets in a large-scale fashion.  As a consequence, many of these entrepreneurs have had to dedicate themselves to other activities, such as selling vegetables at traffic lights and or preparing and selling food from corner kiosks. Some have chosen to sell their wares on the street and others have attempted to convert their homes into storefronts to sell their products in their local neighborhoods.

Our clients are strong and resilient. With the sustained support from Mentors International professional mentors and trainers, they have, in large measure, been able to continue to support their families and in many cases get ahead, during this very difficult time.

Dominican Republic

212 Families
Impacted Last Year

Established in 2019, Mentors Dominican Republic serves some of the most at-risk communities in the region. Due to drastic income inequality, 32% of the population lives below the poverty line of $5.50 per day.

The Dominican Republic is also a source and destination for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. It’s estimated that between 60,000 and 100,000 women work as prostitutes. In addition, many families don’t have proper documentation, which prevents children from attending school and parents from applying for jobs.

Through partnerships with local organizations, we are able to help survivors of human trafficking, recent immigrants, and poverty-stricken families to achieve sustainable self-reliance.

We provide personalized training to help them make sound business and financial decisions, as well as classes that teach life skills and foster leadership and commitment. Mentees also receive ongoing mentorship and, if beneficial to their goals, will be able to receive small loans and other financial solutions that they otherwise would not have access to.

The COVID-19 outbreak is challenging the Dominican Republic’s ability to maintain stable economic growth. During the most recent quarter, the Dominican Republic government has taken steps to re-establish the economy and re-open various businesses after a lengthy shutdown. However, the country still continues with a curfew beginning at 9:00 PM on weekdays. Tourism, which is the country’s largest source of economic activity, has been reestablished, but at a much-reduced level compared to the pre-pandemic era. COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to be reported, although to a lesser extent.

A great majority of the individuals and families we serve were dedicated to the sale of a variety of products in the markets. Unfortunately, government authorities are still not authorizing the opening of the markets in a large-scale fashion.  As a consequence, many of these entrepreneurs have had to dedicate themselves to other activities, such as selling vegetables at traffic lights and or preparing and selling food from corner kiosks. Some have chosen to sell their wares on the street and others have attempted to convert their homes into storefronts to sell their products in their local neighborhoods.

Our clients are strong and resilient. With the sustained support from Mentors International professional mentors and trainers, they have, in large measure, been able to continue to support their families and in many cases get ahead, during this very difficult time.

Dominican Republic

Centers for Education and Mentoring in Santo Domingo

Our Center for Education and Mentoring is scheduled to open in January 2021, Here students can receive business and job-focused vocational training in:

Entrepreneurial Training

Graphic Design

English

Sales/Customer Service

Computer Skills

Personal Leadership

Students pay for their classes by performing 40 hours of approved community service.

Dominican Republic

Center for Education Mentoring in Santo Domingo

Our Center for Education and Mentoring is scheduled to open in January 2021, Here students can receive business and job-focused vocational training in:

Entrepreneurial Training

Graphic Design

English

Sales/Customer Service

Computer Skills

Personal Leadership

Students pay for their classes by performing 40 hours of approved community service.

Dominican Republic

Center for Education Mentoring in Santo Domingo

Our Center for Education and Mentoring is scheduled to open in January 2021, Here students can receive business and job-focused vocational training in:

Entrepreneurial Training

Graphic Design

English

Sales/Customer Service

Computer Skills

Personal Leadership

Students pay for their classes by performing 40 hours of approved community service.

Local Leadership

Local Leadership

Executive Country Director

Ruth Martes

Ruth Martes has a master’s degree in management and productivity. Ruth is very committed to success in her personal and professional life through hard work and ethical values. She is a faithful believer in God and loves all of His children. Prior to joining Mentors International, Ruth has had extensive experience in microfinance. One of her passions is to serve and mentor people with limited resources. From a very young age, she learned the value of commitment and responsibility. She is very excited to bring these talents and skills to Mentors International.

Financial Solutions Director

Belkys Dolores Laurencio Berroa

A teacher by profession, she has dedicated more than 20 years to teaching. She has retired from the educational field and is currently studying clinical psychology. Before coming to work for Mentors International she was working independently teaching workshops on personal growth, entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence, job search training among others. Today, Belkys serves as our Director of Financial Solutions teaching our business classes and overseeing our micro-loan program in the Dominican Republic.

Mrs. Belkys Laurencio is a dynamic, sociable, enthusiastic person who loves helping people and working on behalf of those most in need. Belkys is married and a mother of four children.

Executive Country Director

Ruth Martes

Ruth Martes has a master’s degree in management and productivity. Ruth is very committed to success in her personal and professional life through hard work and ethical values. She is a faithful believer in God and loves all of His children. Prior to joining Mentors International, Ruth has had extensive experience in microfinance. One of her passions is to serve and mentor people with limited resources. From a very young age, she learned the value of commitment and responsibility. She is very excited to bring these talents and skills to Mentors International.

Financial Solutions Director

Belkys Dolores Laurencio Berroa

A teacher by profession, she has dedicated more than 20 years to teaching. She has retired from the educational field and is currently studying clinical psychology. Before coming to work for Mentors International she was working independently teaching workshops on personal growth, entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence, job search training among others. Today, Belkys serves as our Director of Financial Solutions teaching our business classes and overseeing our micro-loan program in the Dominican Republic.

Mrs. Belkys Laurencio is a dynamic, sociable, enthusiastic person who loves helping people and working on behalf of those most in need. Belkys is married and a mother of four children.

2020 Impact in the Dominican Republic

2020 Impact in the Dominican Republic

65

Mentoring

sessions

25

New Jobs

were created

139

Small Loans

were given

154%

average Increase

in income

180%

Average Increase

in personal savings

57%

Average Decrease

in personal consumer debt

Success Stories from Dominican Republic

Success Stories from Dominican Republic

Success Stories from Dominican Republic

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