Over 730 million people throughout the world live on less than $1.90 a day. With little education and even fewer opportunities, these families find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty that has lasted for generations.

They lack education, good nutrition, and a safe place to raise their families. They cope with harsh social, economic, and environmental hardships.

Poverty problems are extensive and complex.

Inherited hunger, chronic malnourishment, and stunted growth have negative long-term effects on a child’s working capacity and intellectual performance. These serious effects reach far into adulthood. Such nutritional problems are prevalent in developing countries as are illness, disease, ignorance, abuse, and degrading customs. (Read the results of a nutrition study about the clients of Mentors Philippines that was conducted by students at Utah State University)

Because there is no formal economy, a majority of the populations in developing countries can’t find work. They must fend for themselves and their families without the resources they need to succeed.

Loans with reasonable interest rates are impossible to come by.

People in developing countries who live in poverty don’t have access to banks or collateral. The village loan shark charges very high-interest rates on a tiny loan. Hard-earned profits go straight back into the loan shark’s pocket, and people are locked in a cycle of debt payments that leave them with almost no profit to show for their routine 80-hour work weeks. They have nothing with which to expand their businesses and nothing with which to improve their families’ well-being. This harmful lending is common in developing countries. Learn more about microloans and our financial services.

Education is an afterthought.

School is not a possibility for those whose families who don’t make enough to provide even the bare essentials. As a result, very few progress.

Mentors International is changing this trend. By providing business and personal development training to entrepreneurs and their families. Learn more about our educational training programs.

As families grow in greater self-reliance they become able to:

  • Send their children to school
  • Afford to eat nutritious meals
  • Build better homes
  • Save for the future

The families working with Mentors International during 2018 on average increased their incomes by 52%. Learn more about our impact throughout the world. 

At Mentors International, we know that people aren’t looking for a handout. They want to work and provide the best for their families. They just need a hand up to get them started on their journey.

We invite you to join us in ending extreme poverty by donating to our mentoring and business training programs, micro-loan fund, and getting involved with our mission.


Help us Transform Generational Poverty
into Sustainable Self-Reliance

Through our proven programs of personal and business development, each $1 donated creates $5 of economic impact in developing countries where we serve.

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