Impacted Last Year
Established in 2005, Mentors International has positively impacted the lives of more than 10,000 families over the last 15 years in Nicaragua. According to the World Bank, 58% of adults are unemployed, while many of those who do have jobs still live below the poverty line.
Nicaragua is one of Latin America’s least developed countries, where access to basic services is a daily challenge. Much of the population is without access to education, which makes it even more difficult for them to improve their situations. Without the necessary tools for success, families remain trapped in a cycle of generational poverty. But when given access to mentorship, training, and financial solutions, they are able to transform generational poverty into sustainable self-reliance.
The COVID-19 pandemic plus the violence that has prevailed in the last years, job losses, a fall in consumer and business confidence, and a decline in labor-intensive sectors such as construction, commerce, and tourism have taken a social and economic toll.
As mentees utilize our programs, they learn how to start and expand their own businesses, or they acquire skills that help them secure quality jobs. They also receive ongoing mentoring that helps them to keep progressing towards their goals while encouraging them to take on positive leadership roles in their own communities even in the midst of a pandemic.