A Few More Ways We’re Truly Different
We generate more impact with a dollar. Your dollar gives over and over again with our perpetual model. Clients repay their loans helping to fund new loans, making your contribution last.
We don’t believe in handouts. With Mentors International’s guiding principle of a hand up, not a handout, the donor-recipient relationship is transformed. Mentors International serves only individuals and families that demonstrate integrity and the motivation to lift themselves out of poverty.
We teach accountability. Mentors International requires full, on-time repayment of loans. Promoting integrity, Mentors International provides follow-up mentoring to ensure that its clients implement steps toward accountability in their lives. Mentors International’s loan repayment rate averages at 97 percent. We serve many communities where 100 percent of clients pay back every loan.
We assign our clients a mentor. Unlike many microfinance organizations, Mentors provides a high degree of ongoing, personalized training and mentoring. The knowledge and encouragement clients receive are vital to their success as they build businesses and become self-reliant.
We don’t solicit or accept government assistance. All contributions to Mentors are purely voluntary. Mentors International does seek grants from family foundations and charitable organizations.