Educational and Business Training

After 30 years of experience serving the poor, we have found that often one of the most important resources is education. Individuals need to first have the vision, knowledge, and confidence to work toward a new future. 

Many of the individuals we serve had little education and even fewer opportunities. We teach them to create a vision for their families and their businesses, while helping them understand that they can do more than they think they can.

We help our clients learn how to develop a business plan while teaching basic business skills such as inventory control, money management, and marketing. Our training is dynamic and customized to fit specific personal situations. Often these entrepreneurs create successful business opportunities in ways we could not have predicted.

In 2019 Mentors International and Lifting Generations, merged operations. Both organizations provide educational programs. Mentors International focuses on business creation and growth, while Lifting Generations focuses on education for job placement. By merging these operations we are able to really cater to each individual person’s needs and desires. We are  

During 2019 our in-country branches held

Training Meetings

Mentoring Sessions

Students Received Job-Focused Training

Service Hours Performed

Families Served

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

- Nelson Mandela

School is not a possibility for those whose families don’t make enough to provide even the basic essentials. As a result, few are able to progress in their education.

With just a simple micro-loan and no training or mentoring, people don’t have the knowledge to fully develop their businesses.

Mentors International provides personalized training and consulting services that help the poor to make sound business and financial decisions. Teaching life skills and principles that foster leadership and commitment, Mentors International trains clients to cut costs, to create additional product lines, and to manage their personal finances.

Such an education, combined with micro-loans, gives mothers and families the tools to increase their incomes and expand their businesses now and into the future.

They make a difference in their villages and experience the great dignity that comes through self-reliance.


Teaching Employable Skill Sets

Our model includes a curriculum that focuses on personal development, vital job skills, and job placement. In 15-week modules we teach:

  • English
  • Computer Skills
  • Graphic Design
  • Sales/Customer Service
  • Personal Leadership

Learn about our Virtual Training Program.

Pay It Forward.

Students pay for their education by fulfilling a 40-hour obligation of approved service to the community.

We help our students and program graduates:

  • Find employment opportunities
  • Prepare resumés
  • Ready for the job interview process

We work with local resource centers to seek employment opportunities for both students and mentored clients. We experience a high degree of success placing students and clients in jobs related to the skills acquired in the Learning and Mentoring Centers.


Knowledge empowers people to change themselves and future generations.


Our mentors teach these impoverished entrepreneurs to create a vision for their families and their businesses and help them understand that they can achieve so much more than they think they can.

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Financial Solutions

Microcredit, or a micro-loan is just one part of the solution in ending extreme poverty. Mentors International provides an array of financial solutions including savings, life insurance options, and independent loans.

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Our Impact

During 2019, thanks to generous donations we loaned out over $64 million USD to impoverished entrepreneurs throughout the world. The number of families and communities we are able to serve is continually growing. 

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