“I feel more people, especially young entrepreneurs in Uganda need to know about the Grow scheme, its value and also get inspired to embrace it and this can be done by people who have tasted its beauty like me informing others about it” (Thomas Ssemalkula, CEO Brave East Africa)
“Grow helped me understand my operations better, take the right decision for my next most profitable venture and I realised the importance of keeping accurate records for the business.” (Edward Kigongo, CEO Ken Paper EA LTd, Uganda)
Grow volunteer consultants are very experienced, professional business people who would like to share their skills with you. By sharing their knowledge with you, you will be able to improve your business, increase your profitability and create new jobs in your community. You can realise this dream, earn more money and be well respected in your community if you are dedicated and commit fully to your Grow volunteer consultant.
Your volunteer consultant can help with marketing, financial management and your business model. You may wonder how can someone from a far away country help me when they have never visited the country. Well they can! You will always be the expert in your country and our consultants are expert in business. Together you can create magic!
Grow Movement interviews all potential entrepreneurs. Dedicated, motivation and ambition are key to your own success.
- Fluent in English or French
- Based in Uganda, Rwanda or Malawi
- Able to access a mobile phone and email
- Committed to completing all of the sessions with your consultant
- Dedicated to improving your business
- Being on time and completing assignments for your consultant
- Be open and honest with your experience and the help that you need
- Understand that Grow volunteers give their time for free
After applying to Grow Movement, you will be interviewed by a local Grow Manager. They will then match you to a Grow volunteer consultant. Your volunteer consultant will be an experienced business professional and they could be based anywhere in the world from the UK, India or Brazil!
Over a 3 to maximum 6 month period, you will have 12 consultancy sessions over the phone or Skype. You can also email your Grow consultant in between sessions with any questions. Your volunteer consultant will contact your via phone to organise your first session. Each session will last aproximately for one hour. Don’t be put off by their accent!
The sessions are split into two stages:
Stage 1: Understanding the business (3 sessions)
Stage 2: Delivering on a key objective (9 sessions)
Stage 1: The first 3 sessions are to understand you and your business. You will need to share some financial information with them. Don’t be afraid! At the end of these sessions, you will decide on an area of your business to improve. This might be marketing, financial management or strategy.
Stage 2: During the following 9 sessions you will work on improving this key business area. You may be asked to complete assignments. Please ensure you say if you are not clear on what to do. During this time, you will have a local Grow manager who will support you with any questions and ensure that your sessions stay on track to be completed within 6 months.
At the end of 12 sessions, you will have delivered a key objective that will improve one area of your business. Six months after the end of your project, your Grow manager will be in contact to record the impact that working with Grow Movement has had on your business. Please make time to share your experience with us.
If you would like to apply then please fill out the form here.