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Recruiting clients in Rwanda

Recruiting clients in Rwanda

Recruiting clients in Rwanda

Grow Movement has gone walk about! Eric and the Grow Movement Rwanda team have spent the last couple of months on a new way of recruiting clients.

Typically our clients from entrepreneurship training courses from our partner organisations. Ever the innovator Eric wanted to try something new, to reach out to entrepreneurs that Grow would not normally meet. Loaded with flyers, business cards and client videos loaded onto an IPad the team went on a recruitment drive talking directly to shop owners in Kigali city. Last week the team hopped on buses to South and Western provinces visiting new and potential clients. Grow Movement is still very new in Rwanda so this was an important awareness raising exercise. Language still remains a key challenge outside of Kigali which is the main city with the biggest English speaking community. Grow look forwards to welcoming our new clients in the near future!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

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Norway, and Holland supporting Kigali Sanitation in Rwanda!

Norway, and Holland supporting Kigali Sanitation in Rwanda!

Norway, and Holland supporting Kigali Sanitation in Rwanda!

Jean Claude Ntakirutimana, a serial entrepreneur and long term client of Grow Movement runs Kigali sanitation LTD, a cleaning company which collects waste from Homes, offices and Public areas. Obsessed with business that brings about positive environmental impacts, Jean Claude continued to think out of the Box. Last year, he came up with a great idea of recycling of electronic hardware including computer which after refurbishment would be sold at a lower price to lower income earners especially in remote areas therefore promoting technology in less affluent sections of the community.

As you can imagine, this is a very ambitious Project which not only requires large Capital investment but also various technical and managerial skills.

Jean Claude tried different funding options; one of them is FONERWA (a groundbreaking environment and climate change fund). FONERWA is always open to funding environmental friendly projects in Rwanda provided that they come up clear documentations describing how their projects are feasible and will achieve intended outcomes.

Two of Grow Movement European Volunteers, Wouter Verster ( a Finance and CRS Professional with many years of experience) and Himanshu Ardawatia who is our current European community manager stepped up to help Jean Claude with such a demanding proposal. Wouter is playing a key role in making sure that the financial numbers are accurate and that the comments that came out of the previous review by FONERWA team are further clarified.

Jean Claude talking to Wouter and Himanshu

Eric, Rwanda Country Manager says “We are also grateful to both Wouter and Himanshu for investing their time and knowledge in making sure everything is ready according to FONERWA requirements. We are keeping all our fingers crossed for Jean Claude. If this project goes through, it will be yet again another amazing case study of how Grow Movement is inspiring entrepreneurs achieve dreams they wouldn’t have been able to achieve otherwise. Grow Movement team is extremely proud of Jean Claude for making the final phase of such a stiff competition.”

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

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#uganda600 launched at London Business School

#uganda600 launched at London Business School

#uganda600 launched at London Business School

Grow Movement launched its #uganda600 impact evaluation project at London Business School last week with over 70 of its volunteers new and past. Starting in June 2015, 600 entrepreneurs in Kampala, Uganda will start working with 600 Grow Movement Consultants. Three of the Worlds most renowned business schools; London Business School, Booth School of Business Chicago and Stanford will evaluate the impact of virtual consultancy on key social and economic indicators.

Mark Neild, Grow’s Chairman opened the event talking about the future of Grow Movement, “2015 is set to be an incredible and pivotal year for Grow Movement and the future of entrepreneurship across the Least Developed Countries of the World!”

Professor Naufel, the principle inspector on the impact evaluation, spoke about the academic shift in focus from lack of access to financial capital to lack of managerial skills in finance, marketing and strategy which lead to micro businesses not growing and developing. He noted that very little academic research has been done into this area hence why he was interested in determining if the Grow Model actually works.

Prof Naufel Vilcassim

Claire Jenkins CEO

Claire Jenkins, CEO spoke to new and existing volunteers asking for help with recruiting additional volunteers to support the evaluation. Claire is asking all consultants to ‘volunteer a peer’ for #uganda600. 600 new consultants are required by June 2015!

If you have a business peer that you think would enjoy and benefit from this experience and has 6 months available from June 2015 then please contact researchproject@growmovement.org

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

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eBay Investing in 5 Retail entrepreneurs in Malawi

eBay Investing in 5 Retail entrepreneurs in Malawi

eBay Investing in 5 Retail entrepreneurs in Malawi

Grow Movement has been awards £1300 grant from eBay Foundation’s employee-volunteer led Give team which empowers employees to support their communities through volunteerism and employee sponsored grants. Funds will be used to fund 5 women retail entrepreneurs in Malawi through the Grow Movement programme.

“The eBay Foundation was established to reach beyond the boundaries of eBay’s virtual village to develop strong communities that bring people together,” said Lauren Moore, Executive Director of eBay Foundation. “Through our GIVE teams, we’ve been able to identify and support a wide variety of outstanding programs that feed families in San Francisco, educate children in India and assist seniors in Germany to name just a few. We could not be happier to add to our list of beneficiaries the Grow Movement and its efforts in Malawi to build entrepreneurship capability with female retail entrepreneurs”.

Grow Movement will invest in the future of 5 female retail entrepreneurs just like Naomi in Malawi. Watch her video here and read her case study here!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

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Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness 10 Year Celebration

Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness 10 Year Celebration

Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness 10 Year Celebration

Grow Movement London spent time at the British Museum last week with the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, celebrating their 10 year anniversary. Cass CCE was formed to transform the non-profit sector through carrying out world class research, developing talent through teaching postgraduate courses and programmes and enhancing the performance of the sector through consultancy support and knowledge exchange.

Professor Ian Bruce, Cass CCE’s founding Director, says: “In 10 years Cass CCE has become the go to place for leadership development and consultancy services in the non-profit sector. Our mission then and now is to drive transformation in the sector and enable outstanding leadership.”

Grow Movement Chairman Mark Neild, CEO Claire Jenkins attended with a Cass Business School MBA alumni, Serena Mehta.

Running a partner trial with FINCA Uganda and Chance for Change Malawi

During 2015 Grow Movement has embarked on two new partner pilots. As Grow Movement seeks to expand in both its existing countries and beyond it is important to look at increasing our networks of future entrepreneurs.

Chairman Mark Neild with Grow VC Serena

The Grow Movement London team recently attended the 30 year celebration of FINCA at the Houses of Parliament meeting with the Uganda CEO, Julius Omoding. FINCA is a global, non-profit financial institution serving 1.8 million of the lowest income clients in 23 Countries. It is aimed at creating employment, raising family incomes and reducing poverty by providing the financially excluded with banking services. In early January Grow Movement embarked on a trial with 10 FINCA clients in Uganda. Clients are slowly being matched with their volunteers during Jan to March 2015.

The Grow Movement London team also met with Greg Barton and Louis Parkinson from Chance for Change, a Scottish organisation that runs a 6 month programme working with youth who have experienced a challenging start in life in Malawi. To date, five clients have been matched at the end of 2014 and are off to a great start being supported by VCs in the UK and Australia. Five more clients who only speak the local language Chichewa will be embarking on Grow’s first ever translation trial. Using only experienced Grow VCs the 12 sessions will be delivered via Skype with a Chance for Change case worker translating. Offering translation via Skype will no doubt be a challenge. Nonetheless with so many clients that are currently unable to access our services it is important to determine if we can make an impact, watch this space!

Monday, 2 February 2015

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