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Grow Movement

Become a business mentor to support positive change in Africa

Grow Movement unlocks the potential of entrepreneurs in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi by matching them with volunteer business consultants. Since the launch of the scheme, over 500 entrepreneurs have started on our programme, increasing their finance, marketing and strategy skills and creating over 600 new full or part time jobs.

How you can help

Grow Movement is expanding, and needs more business mentors. It’s a role you can play without leaving your desk, and brings great benefits to both parties. You’ll have the challenge and satisfaction of making a positive and lasting impact on economies and communities in Africa. You’ll also have the chance to work in sectors or areas of business that you would not otherwise encounter in your day job. And for the small businesses we work with, the scheme makes a real and measurable difference – on average, they increase profits by 25% and typically take on two additional staff.

How it works

  • Local country partners identify and interview entrepreneurs
  • Local country partners interview volunteer consultants and arrange training
  • Once matched the entrepreneur and the consultant meet for twelve sessions over three to six months (using Skype and telephone)
  • During the sessions key issues are identified and objectives set and delivered.
  • Six months after the end of the mentoring period the country managers review the impact on the business.

Grow Movement in action

Welu Mkambeni with Grow Movement CEO Claire Jenkins

Welu Mkambeni with Grow Movement CEO Claire Jenkins

Recently, Grow Movement teamed up Malawian entrepreneur Welu Mkambeni with Andrew Field, a London-based financial analyst with an MBA from London Business School. After identifying challenges to Welu's business during their first Skype meeting, Andrew focused on helping to build Welu's record-keeping and customer care skills. They concentrated on keeping simple records of sales, wages and costs to help track the profits of Welu's food store. Welu was also encouraged to ask his customers what kind of products they wanted, helping him to identify market gaps his business could utilise. As a result of Andrew's support and advice, Welu's profits have increased 65% and he has been able to hire five new staff. Welu also used his new financial management skills to set up Bright Beginning Nursery which provides classes and childcare in his village.

All OU MBA alumni have the academic qualifications to help entrepreneurs like Welu to build businesses that have a positive, lasting impact on communities and economies in Africa. What's more, volunteering with Grow Movement can provide exciting opportunities for business professionals to work in sectors or areas of business which they would otherwise not be exposed to in their day jobs. And all it takes is a couple of hours on Skype each week.

Read more Jeremy Roebuck, OU MBA Alumnus

What to do next

Interested in becoming a mentor for Grow Movement? Martha Tengenesha would love to hear from you.

You can also visit the Grow Movement website to find out more about the scheme.

Upcoming Events

Sep 21

Alumni Informal Networking Event in Berlin

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 18:00

Philologische Bibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin Habelschwerdter Allee 45 14195 Berlin

Sep 27

MBA Online Information Session

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00

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