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Nicaragua

Serving in Managua and Jinotepe.

Nicaragua

Serving in Managua and Jinotepe.

Nicaragua

2,020 Families
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.

Nicaragua

2,020 Families
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.

Nicaragua

2,020 Families 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.

Nicaragua

Centers for Education and Mentoring in Managua and Jinotepe

At our Centers for Education and Mentoring, 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. In 2020 they performed a combined total of 56,854 hours of community service.

Nicaragua

Centers for Education and Mentoring in Managua and Jinotepe

At our Centers for Education and Mentoring, 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. In 2020 they performed a combined total of 56,854 hours of community service.

Nicaragua

Centers for Education and Mentoring in Managua and Jinotepe

At our Centers for Education and Mentoring, 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. In 2020 they performed a combined total of 56,854 hours of community service.

Local Leadership

Local Leadership

Executive Director

Pio Agustine Quintero

Pio A. Quintero graduated as an accountant from the UNAN Public University. He is an expert in physical and electronic security applications. He has been serving with Mentors International since 2007. He has been instrumental in not only running and operating our Learning and Mentoring Centers in Nicaragua, but he has helped open our centers in Honduras, Peru, and Mexico. He has helped train our mentors throughout Latin America and he is well respected by all. He is married to Gregoria del Carmen Sierra on May 12, 1980, they had five children and 16 grandchildren.

Academic Director

Silvia Leytón

Silvia has a degree in Business Administration from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and has worked at Mentors International since 2017.

She was a previous student of Mentors International and through our English programs became very proficient. She started working for Mentors International at our Center for Education and Mentoring as an English Teacher. Today she serves as the Academic Director at Mentors International in Managua.

She is passionate about talking to people and teaching business management skills. She loves helping entrepreneurs innovate and adapt to current ways of doing business. She is an avid learner and constantly self-training in order to contribute more to the community and to the performance of her work. She is currently taking an informal course learning how to handle business on social networks, and getting her certification in Virtual Teaching at the Benito Juárez University in Mexico.

She is married to Denis Antonio Loáisiga Salgado. He also works for Mentors International as a teacher.

Global Technology Center Director

René Quintanilla

Rene studied Computer Engineering at the National University of Engineering and has a degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Commercial Sciences. His expertise and work experience are vast and varied. Rene worked in the Emergency Social Investment Fund (FISE) Managua in the water purification project as head of IT Department. He has worked as a Contractor in the Installation of Structured Cabling, Biometric Systems, Surveillance Cameras, VoIP Communications, and Computer Networks. Additionally, he worked for more than 12 years in Nicaragua Sugar Estates Limited as a Systems Engineer as Director of 16 General Services areas. Rene is a Certified Auditor of International ISO 9000 Standards and HACCP food safety systems. Rene also developed a family business SISI (Sistemas Informáticos Su Internet) and was an Agroforestry Project Manager in the interior of the country for Construcciones Mejía.

He has been a Professional Mentor and Office Manager in Chinandega, Academic Director of CEM Managua, and currently serves as our Global Technology Center Director. Rene is the developer of Mentors International’s two database programs, iCEM, and Mentor+, which are used throughout our network in every country.

Rene loves watching movies, listening to music, dancing, and participating in sports. He and his wife Patricia have five children.

Executive Director

Pio Agustine Quintero

Pio A. Quintero graduated as an accountant from the UNAN Public University. He is an expert in physical and electronic security applications. He has been serving with Mentors International since 2007. He has been instrumental in not only running and operating our Learning and Mentoring Centers in Nicaragua, but he has helped open our centers in Honduras, Peru, and Mexico. He has helped train our mentors throughout Latin America and he is well respected by all. He is married to Gregoria del Carmen Sierra on May 12, 1980, they had five children and 16 grandchildren.

Academic Director

Silvia Leytón

Silvia has a degree in Business Administration from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and has worked at Mentors International since 2017.

She was a previous student of Mentors International and through our English programs became very proficient. She started working for Mentors International at our Center for Education and Mentoring as an English Teacher. Today she serves as the Academic Director at Mentors International in Managua.

She is passionate about talking to people and teaching business management skills. She loves helping entrepreneurs innovate and adapt to current ways of doing business. She is an avid learner and constantly self-training in order to contribute more to the community and to the performance of her work. She is currently taking an informal course learning how to handle business on social networks, and getting her certification in Virtual Teaching at the Benito Juárez University in Mexico.

She is married to Denis Antonio Loáisiga Salgado. He also works for Mentors International as a teacher.

Global Technology Center Director

René Quintanilla

Rene studied Computer Engineering at the National University of Engineering and has a degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Commercial Sciences. His expertise and work experience are vast and varied. Rene worked in the Emergency Social Investment Fund (FISE) Managua in the water purification project as head of IT Department. He has worked as a Contractor in the Installation of Structured Cabling, Biometric Systems, Surveillance Cameras, VoIP Communications, and Computer Networks. Additionally, he worked for more than 12 years in Nicaragua Sugar Estates Limited as a Systems Engineer as Director of 16 General Services areas. Rene is a Certified Auditor of International ISO 9000 Standards and HACCP food safety systems. Rene also developed a family business SISI (Sistemas Informáticos Su Internet) and was an Agroforestry Project Manager in the interior of the country for Construcciones Mejía.

He has been a Professional Mentor and Office Manager in Chinandega, Academic Director of CEM Managua, and currently serves as our Global Technology Center Director. Rene is the developer of Mentors International’s two database programs, iCEM, and Mentor+, which are used throughout our network in every country.

Rene loves watching movies, listening to music, dancing, and participating in sports. He and his wife Patricia have five children.

2020 Impact in Nicaragua

2020 Impact in Nicaragua

603

Mentored

individuals

1,164

Graduates

from our programs

56,854

Hours of Service

were performed

183%

average Increase

in income

202%

Average Increase

in personal savings

66%

Average Decrease

in personal consumer debt

Success Stories from Nicaragua

Success Stories from Nicaragua

Success Stories from Nicaragua

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