Hayford first learned about Mentors International when he was hired to work as a translator for our interns working with the Utah State University SEED program. While serving as a translator he realized that these business and self-reliance principles being taught were valuable and greatly needed not only in his life but for everyone in his community. Hayford was grateful to be working with such a noble and worthwhile cause.
Hayford had also been trained as a tailor. He saw an opportunity to start his own side business. He enrolled in the Mentors International entrepreneurial training and mentoring program. His first loan was for only $175 USD, which he quickly put to good use purchasing materials. He was eager to sell his products in the outside market.
In March of 2020, when the Corona Virus Pandemic hit Ghana, and shut down schools and businesses. This greatly affected Hayford’s business. No one was celebrating and purchasing new dresses for Easter. Schools were closed so no one needed school uniforms to be sewn. Life for Hayford, his wife, and children became exceedingly difficult. He was struggling just to put food on the table.
Hayford shared, “Mentors International came to my aid by way of mentoring and supporting me with a second loan of $175 USD. I used this loan to purchase material and thread so that I could start sewing face masks for the public and other organizations.
Today my monthly net income now ranges from $55 – $90 USD, and I have paid back all my debts.
My wife works as a distributor for the face masks that I produce. We now live happily as a family. I can provide my family with three nutritious square meals every day. I am saving money and looking towards the future. I am most grateful for all that you have done for me and my family. May God bless you all.”