Published on December 18th, 2012 | by Pattie Kettle0
Grow Movement – Micro Entrepreneur Consultants in Rwanda, Uganda, and Malawi
Economic empowerment of people in the least developed countries on earth is what Grow Movement provides. By using remote volunteer consultants on an ultra-low cost base, micro entrepreneurs in these communities are empowered to realize their dreams, alleviate poverty, and create sustainable employment. The sponsors and volunteers with Grow Movement help improve the world by one small action at a time.
This UK registered organization operates in Rwanda, Uganda, and Malawi. The aim is to provide free advice to 1,200 micro entrepreneurs over the next three years. The potential for the project is to raise the living standards of up to 38,000 people through remote volunteer consulting over mobile phones.
Founded in 2009, by Chris Coghlan, an emerging markets fund manager from the UK, and Violet Busingye, a young Ugandan woman who leads Grow Movement’s team of 200 remote volunteers in 47 countries worldwide. The aim is to dramatically reduce the cost of business advice to the poorest communities on earth by using remote volunteer consultants led by locally recruited project managers in Rwanda, Uganda, and Malawi.
Here is Chris Coghlan’s TED talk about the beginnings of Grow Movement:
Grow volunteers contribute the cost of telephone calls (with an international calling card, rates can be as low as 0.08 USD/minute) and to provide twelve 2-3 hour consulting sessions over a 3-5 month period at mutually agreed upon time. In addition, each volunteer is required to have a minimum level of professional experience, e.g. Chartered Accountant, MBA. Without the burden of heavy time commitments or costs, Grow Movement gives business people the opportunity to apply business skills which make a sustainable difference to some of the poorest communities on earth.
To learn more, visit: http://growmovement.org/