Grow Movement partners with the Rustandy Center at University of Chicago Booth School of Business

By Grow Movement

We are proud to announce a new partnership with the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, leveraging the skills of Booth MBA alumni globally to build opportunity for Rwandan entrepreneurs. In today’s world of borders closed by disease and division, where coronavirus and climate change hit the poorest hardest, Grow Movement’s task is ever more urgent.

Ten years ago, Violet and Chris (Grow Movement’s founders), asked whether a business person anywhere in the world could make a difference to an African entrepreneur just by talking on the phone. Years of research of over 1000 entrepreneurs, by three of the world’s top ten business schools (including Chicago Booth), have found that we can make a difference: Grow Movement increases micro entrepreneur sales by a quarter on average.

The social impact research was supported, in part, by the Rustandy Center, Chicago Booth’s destination for people committed to helping solve complex social and environmental problems. Our partnership with the Rustandy Center is a powerful step forward as we seek to realise Grow Movement’s calling: Bringing people from different communities, cultures and countries together to help end human poverty in service of our common humanity.

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22 June 2020

Violet initiated Grow Movement in Uganda with Chris Coghlan in 2010. As an immensely talented young professional, she has been the force behind expanding Grow Movement into Rwanda and Malawi in 2012 and is key to its success. During her time at Grow Movement she helped to create over 500 jobs across the countries Grow operates in. She now leads our operations globally.

Chris witnessed the impact of conflict and extreme poverty on children in post-civil war Mozambique when he was eighteen. He has believed ever since that the struggle to end conflict and extreme poverty is the defining moral issue of our time. Chris initially worked in London as a investment fund manager before founding Grow Movement with Violet Kobusingye, a former refugee from the Rwandan genocide, when he saw the potential of mobile technology to fight poverty. Chris also served as a British diplomat on the Middle East. Chris holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a Masters in Finance from London Business School. In 2018 Chris was awarded the graduate of the last decade award by London Business School in recognition of his public service and Grow Movement’s work to improve the lives of people in the poorest communities on earth.

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