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Established in 2003 in Peru, Mentors International works with many types of businesses, helping entrepreneurs to uplift their lives and the lives of those around them. The country’s economy is heavily tied to mining, fishing, agriculture, and textiles, which have helped to improve poverty rates throughout recent years.
According to the World Bank, 26% of the population still lives below the poverty line, struggling to survive on $5.50 or less per day. The rural areas of Peru are the poorest, leaving many families unable to even sustain, much less improve, their situations.
Peru has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Peruvian households experienced one of the largest employment and income losses in the Latin American Countries. Strict and prolonged quarantines have led to significant losses of income for families working in a variety of industries.
Through mentoring, job-focused training, and micro-loans, these individuals and families are able to start businesses, find jobs, decrease debt, and increase savings. Ultimately, they are able to transform generational poverty into sustainable self-reliance. As their prosperity increases, they in turn uplift and empower others in their communities, even in the midst of this pandemic.