A mother’s love is like nothing else in the world. I am continually impressed by the love and service I see important women in my life give to their children. This love might be the world’s most basic language. I have seen it spoken in my travels throughout Latin America, the Philippines, and Africa. Nearly 90% of Mentors International’s clients are women. Many of them are mothers, even single mothers, bearing the seemingly unconquerable task of raising a family. These mothers all demonstrate the same basic wants for their families: to give them a better life and have them grow into better people.
May I share the story of one such nurturing mother? Her name is Alomenu. In Ghana, Africa, Alomenu sold vegetables door-to-door and generated about 3 cedis ($0.75) a day. Her husband often had to travel to find work, leaving Alomenu to provide for their two children on her own for months at a time. Recently, Alomenu heard about the business classes taught by Mentors and began attending them. She quickly became the best business student in her class. After attending multiple classes, she was inspired to take out a loan and start her own vegetable stand. Possessing the determination that only a mother could have to take care of her children, Alomenu walked over four miles to the local Mentors office and asked for her first loan of 200 cedis ($50) to open her business.
Alomenu’s business is now flourishing, and she is able to provide for her young family. The feelings of hope, confidence, and independence are unmistakable in her presence. “I know that God brought Mentors into my life,” Alomenu recently told our staff, “I am really grateful to Him.”
A small loan provides a big lift, changing the generational trajectory of poverty to one of self-reliance. Your support has helped 3.6 million individuals over the past 25 years. More are waiting for their chance. Consider making a gift today to invest in mothers across the globe. Please know of our gratitude for doing whatever you can.