Stories of Success

All of our entrepreneurs have an important story to tell. They all start the same: mentoring and training from our Mentors International team, then they are supported with a micro-loan.

Through our mentoring programs, these entrepreneurs learn accountability and other skills that improve their businesses and in turn their lives. They become successful entrepreneurs, but most important they become heroes. Heroes to their family and to themselves, they have beaten the odds and lifted themselves out of the poverty that engulfs so many in developing countries. We would like to share a few stories of some of the individuals that we have been able to serve through self-reliance.

Stop duplicating efforts and start multiplying synergies

Stop duplicating efforts and start multiplying synergies

One of the more important and driving insights that has “come to me” (meaning not mine but from somewhere or someone else - perhaps even divine) - is among the many NGO’s and as a whole - we need to stop duplicating efforts and start multiplying synergies. I have...

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I Started With Two Sewing Machines

I Started With Two Sewing Machines

“I only completed my 5th year of schooling and now look at my daughter today, she is a university graduate! I started with two sewing machines that I purchased second hand. Today I own four housing units. Three for my business, and one for my family. I made sure that...

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Farming for Generations

Farming for Generations

Arnulfo Lopez has lived his whole life in the agriculture region of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. He is a strong, dedicated, and hard-working farmer. His father was a farmer, as was his father, and so on. It is all they have ever known. Education was never a priority for...

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She is a fishmonger

She is a fishmonger

Senna is a busy mother of nine children. As a single mother she supports her family as a fishmonger. She gets up very early as the sun is rising and catches the bus to Tamale to purchase frozen fish. She then turns right around and makes the long trek back to Tolon to...

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That “Ah-Ha” Moment

That “Ah-Ha” Moment

After attending and graduating from Mentors International training classes, Freddy Orlando Gomez had several “ah-ha” moments and thought of many ways to increase his sales. Over the last year, he has more than doubled in income from his snow cone business. Freddy...

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I see life as a long university education

I see life as a long university education

“I kept challenging myself daily. I see life as a long university education that I never had. Every day I am learning something new with Mentors Peru, which helps me improve my business,” Mayra says with enthusiasm and gratitude.Mayra Lopez, an entrepreneurial woman...

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What was that noise?

What was that noise?

While out doing visits, a mentor from Mentors Honduras heard strange machine sounds coming from a small home. She inquired further into this “noise” and met Maria Velasquez and her four children. Our mentor was immediately impressed with Maria and her small at-home...

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Flowers From Peru

Flowers From Peru

In the desert region of Ica, Peru, a beautiful and strong-willed girl named Nilva Linda was born. Nilva was one of eight children. With a large family living under one roof, schooling and clothing were expenses that were always a concern. The whole family learned how...

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30 in World Day Against Trafficking in Persons The reasons for human trafficking varies from country to country, but many agree that poverty is one of the primary causes of human trafficking. Low income, unemployment, hunger, disease and illiteracy are widespread...

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Farmers From Peru

Farmers From Peru

Miguel and Milagros are farmers from Piura, Peru. They harvest rice, corn, and chileno beans. They have been doing this for almost five years, using the money that Miguel earns from his construction business as capital to buy the seeds. Rice takes about five months to...

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