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Africa Day

Africa Day

Africa Day

Africa Day, commemorating the foundation of the African Union, was held on the 25th May 2017. To celebrate, we showcased a small selection of our entrepreneurs and success stories. These included Martial & Susatours, Catherine & Kingfire Briquettes, and Katugemeyo & his milling business.

Also this month, we have been reading about growth in the entrepreneurial tech world of Africa!
Thank you again for all your support of Grow Movement, let’s keep up the great work!

13 June 2017

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Introducing our partnership with Redeem

Introducing our partnership with Redeem

Introducing our partnership with Redeem

We are delighted to introduce our partnership with Redeem which will make a real and immediate difference to our work and provide crucial tools to our employees and clients.
Redeem is a leading global provider of mobile industry services to businesses and consumers. Redeem provides services in the sourcing, processing and resale of mobile devices. This year Redeem is focused on supporting clients with a range of new services including diagnostics and supply chain solutions for high quality pre-owned devices.

Paul Adams, CEO of Redeem, said: “Grow Movement is a brilliant charity whose work delivers real and long-lasting change to those who benefit from its involvement. Seeing the value in pre-owned handsets is central to Redeem’s business, so we’re delighted that some of the handsets we’ve processed will now have new lives helping to support African entrepreneurs.”

Redeem supports our entrepreneurs:
Redeem is providing pre-owned smartphones and laptops to entrepreneurs, to help them connect to their volunteer consultants and to have the necessary technology to improve their businesses.

In addition, Redeem has provided our Malawi team with equipment to improve the services we can offer entrepreneurs.

Redeem employee fundraising:
The employees at Redeem have an AMAZING entrepreneurial spirit and are putting that into practice to raise funds for Grow Movement.

In August 2016, 15 Redeem employees took on the Three Peaks Challenge and climbed the UK’s three highest mountains in 24 hours, raising £2000 for Grow Movement.

Employees in the Burton office have raised money from Bake Offs, Christmas Jumper Days and Samosa Days. They even secured over 80 free Thornton’s Easter Eggs to sell and raise money for Grow Movement. To date, almost £750 has been raised in this way.

Redeem’s clients donate:
Redeem’s customers also donate to Grow Movement. The top Redeem Performers for Customer Donations so far are:
• Pia Hagen (Norway) £7207
• Tine Drost (Denmark) £5839
• Jennifer Nygren (Sweden) £4301
• Francois Pony (France) £919

A big thank you to each of you!

Pia Hagen raised over £7000!

Janet (a Grow client) and her students.

IT is essential for our employees.

13 April 2017

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We have employed a new Operations Director, Hendricah Rita

We have employed a new Operations Director, Hendricah Rita

We have employed a new Operations Director, Hendricah Rita

I am happy to announce that we have employed a new Operations Director, Hendricah Rita, who is responsible for delivering our operations and partnerships in Uganda. Hendricah has been with Grow Movement since 2015 and previously worked as a Client Manager for Uganda600. She has worked with entrepreneurs for most of her career and has a drive to help them achieve greater success.
Welcome to the team, Hendricah!  

Uganda600
The data analysis of the Uganda600 Randomised Control Trial (RCT) is ongoing with London Business School, Booth School of Business Chicago and Stanford evaluating the impact of virtual consultancy.

We are very pleased to report that initial indications from the data collected so far suggest a significant impact on the behaviour of the 500 entrepreneurs who received remote volunteer consulting versus the 500 who did not (the control group). The research team will conduct another round of surveys in June 2017 and we are expecting full results from the RCT later this year.

This was made possible by the many dedicated VCs that took part in Uganda600 – thank you!

What’s next?
We have bold goals for how we can help entrepreneurs in the future. The publication and verification of Uganda600 results will enable us to expand our model of virtual consultancy to more countries and entrepreneurs around the world.

Our partners, Genesis, are still matching any funds we raise in March, so please help us to help more entrepreneurs by donating to Grow Movement.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Grow Movement and of our entrepreneurs, we simply couldn’t do it without you!

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We would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

We would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

We can start the New Year with some great news.

Start a new project in Malawi!
We recruited almost 100 new clients in Malawi. Are you interested in starting a new project? If you can free up one hour per week of your time in the next six months, this is a great opportunity to empower African entrepreneurs with your business skills. Contact Sophie Kumwanje (sophie.kumwanje@growmovement.org) in case of interest.

Draft results on survey for the World Bank
In September you were asked about your clients’ key concerns. The London Business School was contacted by the World Bank about the key business constrains for entrepreneurs in Kampala. While the results have not yet been shared with the Government of Uganda and Kampala Capital City Authority, we have been provided within a first draft insight of the results (more details here):

  • At the macro level our clients encounter many constrains like the expensive properties in Kampala, the poor and spare roads or the inflation rate.
  • Corruption, high tax rates and the customs’ regulations are considered as prohibitive for businesses.
  • High costs impact the Ugandan businesses drastically, especially high loans (which restrict them in their ability to buy new products or equipment)
  • The lack of skills of our clients (e.g. on Marketing) and their employees is something many of us have witnessed

The results of #Uganda600 have not yet been consolidated, but will be made available to you as soon as we have them!

Help us hit our fundraising target of £5,000 by the end of the month!

Until now we have been able to collect more than 4500GBP. Thank you to everyone who as supported us so far! Our partners at Genesis Charitable Trust have generously extended the match-funding period for another month. So any money you give, will continue to be doubled.

£20 per month – just 66p a day – will put an African entrepreneur through our programme:

  1. Check out our fundraising page for more details: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/doubleup
    UK citizens, don’t forget about Gift Aid!
  2. Click here to find out how you can “give as you earn” by making regular contributions through your payroll: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/2524.

So you can see: we have some great opportunities in the year ahead of us. Looking forward to continuing to work with you and making Grow successful!

Stabilizing our financial situation is still our top priority this December.

Stabilizing our financial situation is still our top priority this December.

Stabilizing our financial situation is still our top priority this December.

This month we are aiming to raise 20’000GBP. This will enable us to have a local team in Uganda and will support our fundraising capabilities.

Our local team is our key asset. They help us recruit new entrepreneurs, support the client-consultant relationship and conduct the post-project impact assessments. We want to hire an UK-based fundraiser to:
• Ensure our long-term financial stability
• Identify donors, grants and alternative fundraising sources
• Raise our charity profile and make us interesting for philanthropists and large corporations

We hope you will help us close the gap! Thank you for supporting our cause.

13 December 2016

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