Mentors International is a nonprofit that helps the poor in developing countries achieve self-reliance permanently ending the poverty cycle in the families of our clients and the lives of many others.
Mentors has established seven partner foundations, and each foundation has its own local board of directors and indigenous staff. Mentors also provides start-up support, training, operational funding and loan capital for its partner foundations.
We help the poor help themselves. With Mentors’ guiding principle of “a hand up, not a handout,” the donor-recipient relationship is transformed. Mentors requires full repayment of loans, based on individuals’ ability to pay, and provides clients with the tools of knowledge necessary to become self-sufficient.
These factors distinguish Mentors International from many other nonprofit and microfinance organizations:
We generate more impact with a dollar. Your dollar gives over and over again with our perpetual model. Clients repay their loans with interest at reasonable interest rates to Mentors to help fund new loans, making your contribution last.
We don’t believe in handouts. With Mentors’ guiding principle of a hand up, not a handout, the donor-recipient relationship is transformed. Mentors serves only individuals and families that demonstrate integrity and the motivation to lift themselves out of poverty.
We teach accountability. Mentors requires full, on-time repayment of loans. Promoting integrity, Mentors provides follow-up to ensure that its clients implement steps toward accountability in their lives. Mentors’ loan repayment rate averages at 97 percent. Mentors serves 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 does seek grants from family foundations and charitable organizations.
96% Historical repayment rate of all loans
Our high repayment rate is due to our guidance with each client. We work with them individually to make sure they have the tools and skills they need to grow their business.
$4,378,224 Loaned annually
Each fiscal year, we loan over four million dollars to our hardworking clients throughout the world.
2.5 Days to deploy your donations
Loan funds sent to our partner organizations are mobilized within two and a half days of receipt.
63,188 People served
We serve over 60,000 clients each fiscal year. As our clients succeed they are able to employ others, raising themselves and members of their community out of poverty.
We hope you choose Mentors International as your charity and help us to give others the opportunity to permanently lift themselves out of poverty.