Insanitation, viruses, and lack of education can result from poverty, but Mentors International is giving microloans to impoverished entrepreneurs to fight these effects.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation is contributing to Mentors International’s vision. For years, doTERRA has donated to Mentors International to help them give microloans to impoverished entrepreneurs in developing countries. These microloans will help businesses flourish and increase sustainable living among entrepreneurs and their families.
Since 1990, Mentors International has been successfully assisting impoverished entrepreneurs to get out of the poverty cycle and build their businesses. Many people in developing countries take to the streets to sell food or household items in hopes of raising enough money to support themselves and their families. However, even though they may work 80 hour weeks, the money that they initially borrow from local loan sharks have high interest rates for very small loans, making it difficult for business owners to pay back their loans and still provide the essentials for their families. This problem is the very beginning of a large downward slope.
Because the local business owners have astronomical interest rates that are difficult to pay back, business owners cannot afford basic needs such as toiletries, clean water, food, and proper healthcare. The lack of nutrition and sanitation leads to increased risks of viruses such as diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever. These viruses can also lead to an increased weight loss which can threaten lives, especially the lives of children. Poor living conditions, a lack of nutrition, and viruses can stunt learning and working capabilities which make it difficult for children to get an education and will sorely affect their working abilities in adulthood.
The founders of Mentors International are determined to stop this repeating cycle, and they are doing it by giving impoverished entrepreneurs small microloans with affordable interest rates. These microloans help business owners to purchase tools and raw materials, increase product variety and quality, and hire employees. Mentors International also provides training and consulting services so entrepreneurs can make better business and financial decisions.
Mentors International is finding great success with their program. The repayment rates of the business owners have been uncommonly high, and there has been a significant difference in the quality of businesses and living conditions for these entrepreneurs.