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Jovita – Philippines

Jovita Bontilao – Philippines Jovita Bontilao lives in Davao, Philippines. She is married and has six children. Her husband, Anastacio, is a farmer. Jonita is a determined and... Read More »

Melania – Peru

Melania Venancia Portilla – Peru Melania lives and works in Lima, Peru. She is humbled to share her story of love, success and perseverance. Melania has one... Read More »

Elisa – Peru

Elisa Violeta Sosa Asisclo – Peru Elisa is a beautiful, brave and responsible mother of three children. In hopes of providing a better life for her children... Read More »

Sebastiana – Guatemala

Sebastiana Tomas – Guatemala Work and responsibility are two values that were instilled in Sebastiana at a very young age. She is one of seven children, and was the... Read More »

Mario – Honduras

Mario Hernandez – Honduras Mario Hernandez and his wife Elena live in a small home covered in ivy. A beautiful family picture predominantly hangs in their living room. A... Read More »

Enrique – Guatemala

Enrique Lopez Morales – Guatemala Enrique is an optimistic entrepreneur who continues to set high goals and strive to do things better. He along with his wife and... Read More »

Ambrocio – Guatemala

Ambrocio Nicolas Bartolomin Xar – Guatemala Ambrocio Nicolas Bartolomin Xar was born in the village of Caman Patzicia Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Abrociio comes from a large family of ten... Read More »

Gladys – Ghana

Gladys – Ghana Gladys lives in the village of Sankubenase, Ghana. She is a refugee from Nigeria. When she was young she never finished her basic education because... Read More »

Ruth – PERU

Ruth Pari – Peru Mrs. Ruth Pari was born in the historic city of Cusco Peru. She and her husband currently live in Lima Peru. Together they... Read More »

Anita – Philippines

Anita Tampadong – Philippines Anita Tampadong is from the Philippines. She was raised knowing how to work hard. Money was very tight for her family, so she knew... Read More »

Jocelia – Philippines

Jocelia Barsaga – Philippines, San Rafael Center-Tondo Branch Jocelia Barsage only completed the fifth grade of elementary education. Because of poverty, she decided to go with her... Read More »

Roselyn – Philippines

Roselyn Ellazar: Sari-Sari Store & Computer Shop In 2013, a field mentor handed Roselyn a flyer explaining the program of Mentors Philippines (MP) and what loans are available... Read More »

Nancy – El Salvador

Nancy worked hard to raise her three children as a single mother. She ran a snack-selling business out of her home to keep up with the many... Read More »

Neyla – Peru

Neyla was only five when terrorists kidnapped her dad for being a leader in his village in Huánuco, Perú.  She witnessed the inhumane assassination of her father... Read More »
Amina – Ghana

Amina – Ghana

Amina and her husband Yusif live in Kwabeng, Ghana. They have been struggling to find a steady way to provide for their family. Life was quite unbearable,... Read More »
Rosemarie – Philippines

Rosemarie – Philippines

Rosemarie is a widow from the Philippines. Her parents were farmers and she received a mango farm as part of her inheritance when her parents passed away.... Read More »
Marta – Guatemala

Marta – Guatemala

Marta lives in a small village called Patio Bolas, in Tecpan, Guatemala. With her friend, Marta took the initiative to visit the Mentors Guatemala office in 2008.... Read More »
Sugeli - Honduras

Sugeli – Honduras

Sugeli lives in Potrerillos, Honduras with her two sons. Sugeli is an optimistic, kind, and hardworking person. Before working with Mentors Honduras, Sugeli sold fired chicken and... Read More »
Deysi - El Salvador

Deysi – El Salvador

Deysi has always been a hardworking woman. Many years ago she went to technical school to learn to make clothing. With her technical training, she tried to... Read More »
Julia – Peru

Julia – Peru

Julia sells grocery items outside the Institution for Minister of Education. She makes drinks and treats for a small stand that she has run by herself for... Read More »

Selina – Ghana

Selina’s bread has always been in high demand, but unfortunately, she couldn’t raise enough capital to increase her supply until she became involved with Mentors Ghana. With... Read More »
Cristy – Philippines

Cristy – Philippines

At the age of three, Cristy Bernado was adopted by her aunt when her parents could no longer afford to raise her. Reared by her kind aunt... Read More »
Juana – Guatemala

Juana – Guatemala

Juana Gomez Xico lives with her husband and children in Guatemala. They are farmers. Their crops include green beans, corn, squash, and other types of produce. Unfortunately,... Read More »
Eliza - Honduras

Eliza – Honduras

Eliza starts her days early. She feeds five children and her husband, and she makes sure they are ready by 7:00 am to go to school and... Read More »
Rosa - El Salvador

Rosa – El Salvador

Rosa had worked all her life as a machinist in a sweatshop. The long hours of work were hard on her family, but they needed the income.... Read More »
Luis and Lydia – Peru

Luis and Lydia – Peru

Luis Garcia is accomplished, to say the least. He is a science engineer, biologist, and currently studying psychology and chemical engineering. It is hard to imagine why... Read More »
Alomenu - Ghana

Alomenu – Ghana

In Ghana, Africa, Alomenu sold vegetables door-to-door and generated about 3 cedis ($0.75) a day. Her husband often had to travel to find work, leaving Alomenu to... Read More »
Rosalinda – Philippines

Rosalinda – Philippines

Rosalinda has been a client with Mentors Philippines for the past eight years. Before she joined Mentors International, Rosalinda already ran a small sari-sari store and also... Read More »
Imelda – Guatemala

Imelda – Guatemala

Imelda Sanum Zil and her husband, Odgas, have been married for nine years. They live in the area of Patzicia, Guatemala. Imelda worked with her husband in... Read More »
Nicolasa – Honduras

Nicolasa – Honduras

Every day for years, Nicolasa and her husband harvested coffee beans from dawn until dusk. The extremely arduous labor brought only meager wages. The couple’s income wasn’t... Read More »
Lucia - El Salvador

Lucia – El Salvador

Lucia was introduced to Mentors El Salvador through a friend. That was several years ago when Lucia had a small food stand and barely survived. Today, thanks... Read More »
Gabriella – Peru

Gabriella – Peru

There are 3800 different types of potatoes in Peru. Everybody agrees that the birthplace of the potato is in South America. If you have ever feasted on... Read More »
Gladys - Ghana

Gladys – Ghana

Gladys is just one of 300 clients living in villages surrounding Abomosu. She owns a palm manufacturing center. Due to the lack of banks in her area,... Read More »
Teresita – Philippines

Teresita – Philippines

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Teresita is turning her once-small sari sari store into a well-established grocery store. Read More »
Silvia – Guatemala

Silvia – Guatemala

Silvia is 25 years old. Prior to finding Mentors Guatemala, she couldn’t find a job and didn’t have an income. A very hard worker, she had graduated... Read More »
Natividad - Honduras

Natividad – Honduras

During the time he worked as a salesman for two different companies, Natividad Gomez Lara was robbed seven times and eventually shot. He narrowly escaped with his... Read More »
Sandra - El Salvador

Sandra – El Salvador

Sandra, a hardworking single mother, knew that her family needed a better life. Although the father provided economic support, it was not enough to cover the needs... Read More »
Maria – Peru

Maria – Peru

The small community of Huasemol is in Peru and has about 300 residents. Like other rural towns, the houses are very spread out. The Silva family lives... Read More »
Maximo – Guatemala

Maximo – Guatemala

Maximo Chovix is a successful strawberry farmer. He has been a client of Mentors Guatemala for four years. However, before Mentors came into his life, he and... Read More »
Blanca - Honduras

Blanca – Honduras

Blanca recently told one of our Mentors in Honduras, “I help myself, I help my children and I help the lady that helps me.” She later added,... Read More »
Remigio – El Salvador

Remigio – El Salvador

With little formal education, Remigio had always struggled to get ahead in life. As a result of his humble home life as a child, he learned bread-making... Read More »
Yansseri – Peru

Yansseri – Peru

Yansseri has been in business two years selling chicken, fish, beef, fruits, and vegetables. She is finishing her first loan with Mentors Peru. The average loan in... Read More »
Judith – Philippines

Judith – Philippines

Although they were educated, Judith and her husband Clemente could not find gainful employment in the Philippines where they lived. In order to generate some income, they... Read More »
Bonifacia – Guatemala

Bonifacia – Guatemala

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Bonifacia and her husband are engaged in the buying and selling of cows and the production of milk, cream, and cheese. Read More »
Sussi – Peru

Sussi – Peru

Sussi has had a gas business for five months. She met a loan officer from the Piura, Peru office. With a loan of about $150 from Mentors... Read More »
Rosario, Philippines, Success Story

Rosario – Philippines

Rosario has been fortunate to have in-laws who allow her to farm three hectors (10,000 square meters each), but at one time she lacked the means necessary... Read More »
Grecilda – Philippines

Grecilda – Philippines

Grecilda grew up with two sisters and five brothers in the Visayan Islands. The family was so poor that they often did not even have regular meals,... Read More »
Gladys – Philippines

Gladys – Philippines

Gladys and her husband, Alinor, were lucky enough to graduate from high school. However, because of a poor economy in their hometown of Manila, Philippines, there were no... Read More »
Carmen – Peru

Carmen – Peru

When Carmen Vilchez was young, she left school to work as a housekeeper.  The family who she would be housekeeping for ran a clothing shop in Lima,... Read More »
Alona – Philippines

Alona – Philippines

Alona’s mother died when she was 17 years old. She had planned on going to college; instead she opened a small convenience store in her home in... Read More »