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.

Evaline

Evaline

Evaline in her poverty is helping those who have less. Many of the women learning from Mentors International want to pay it forward. They are sharing what they have learned from their mentors, and want their friends to get involved with our programs. Watch her story...

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Roxas Bags are Trend Setters

Roxas Bags are Trend Setters

Elizabeth and her business Roxas Bags are trendsetters. They are making purses, bags, backpacks, and more from up-cycled jeans. This is a family business where her husband and son find and purchase the used jeans. They are always on the lookout for the best deals. Her...

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Where I Find my Joy

Where I Find my Joy

There was the year that Domingo refers to as “The failure of his life.” That year, the price of vegetables went down so low that Domingo essentially lost his whole harvest. He began looking for additional jobs, but the whole community was struggling. Domingo was about...

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Hayford Kofi has been working with the SEED interns as their translator in Ghana. He speaks four languages and is an innovative entrepreneur. Hayford sews, alters, and sells clothes. He was going to rent a place to set up his own shop, unfortunately, another lady...

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Philippines Service Project

Philippines Service Project

The San Bartolome High School in Quezon City, Philippines serves some of the poorest children in this country. Over 7,500 students attend this school. With so many students they have to attend in two shifts. Only 50% of the 7th graders can read at this school. Many of...

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Dulceria Melisa

Dulceria Melisa

“When I was a child I watched my grandmother Consolación run her own business of selling antiques at the door of her home. I always looked up to her, wanted to help her, and I dreamed of one day owning my own store”. - Elsa Melisa Kuffo Santiago, Peru When Elsa...

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Marianela Cantera

Marianela Cantera

Marianela Cantera loves creating good food. From the time she was a young girl growing up in Lima, Peru, she learned the art of cooking. Marianela’s first job was as a kitchen assistant. As she helped to prepare food, she gained an appreciation for spices, colors, and...

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I am grateful for my challenges.

I am grateful for my challenges.

“I am grateful for my challenges. They have helped me to follow forward to my dreams” Epifania Silvia Ayala, is a fierce woman with dedicated conviction and has raised her three children alone. She has demonstrated that in the face of adversity and poverty, work and...

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Training in the Dominican Republic Part 2

Training in the Dominican Republic Part 2

We recently returned to the Dominican Republic to teach women from La Represa and San Pedro the jewelry making skill of wire wrapping Larimar stones. They are enthusiastic about learning this new skill. Their eagerness in having training that enhances their jewelry...

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Josefina Chail Chos

Josefina Chail Chos

Josefina Chail Chos hopes to continue working with Mentors Guatemala and expresses immense gratitude to the donors who make it possible for so many families like hers to get ahead in life. She hopes that by their generosity they can receive blessings. When Josefina...

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