Dominican Republic2022-01-13T16:24:25-05:00

Dominican Republic

Serving this Caribbean nation since 2019.

Dominican Republic

Serving this Caribbean nation since 2019.

Dominican Republic

390 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.

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 Dominican Republic has one of the highest rates of human trafficking and forced labor. 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. Watch How

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging the Dominican Republic’s ability to maintain stable economic growth. Tourism, which is the country’s largest source of economic activity, has slowly been reestablished, but at a much-reduced level compared to the pre-pandemic era.

A great majority of the individuals and families we serve were selling a variety of products in the large open=air markets.  As a consequence of the pandemic, 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 been able to continue to support their families and in many cases get ahead, during this very difficult time.

Dominican Republic

390 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.

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 Dominican Republic has one of the highest rates of human trafficking and forced labor. 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. Watch How

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging the Dominican Republic’s ability to maintain stable economic growth. Tourism, which is the country’s largest source of economic activity, has slowly been reestablished, but at a much-reduced level compared to the pre-pandemic era.

A great majority of the individuals and families we serve were selling a variety of products in the large open=air markets.  As a consequence of the pandemic, 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 been able to continue to support their families and in many cases get ahead, during this very difficult time.

Dominican Republic

390 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.

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 Dominican Republic has one of the highest rates of human trafficking and forced labor. 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. Watch How

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging the Dominican Republic’s ability to maintain stable economic growth. Tourism, which is the country’s largest source of economic activity, has slowly been reestablished, but at a much-reduced level compared to the pre-pandemic era.

A great majority of the individuals and families we serve were selling a variety of products in the large open=air markets.  As a consequence of the pandemic, 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 been able to continue to support their families and in many cases get ahead, during this very difficult time.

Dominican Republic

Center for Education and Mentoring in Santo Domingo

Our Center for Education and Mentoring opened in January 2022, 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 opened in January 2022, 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 opened in January 2022, 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.

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.

2021 Impact in the Dominican Republic

2021 Impact in the Dominican Republic

168

Mentoring

sessions

100

New Jobs

were created

91

Small Loans

were given

62%

average Increase

in income

79%

Average Increase

in personal savings

44%

Average Decrease

in personal consumer debt

Success Stories from Dominican Republic

Success Stories from Dominican Republic

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