MentorMe Kenya Creates New Economic Prospects In Sub-Saharan Africa

German-based mentorship programme MentorMe has today announced its launch in Kenya, as part of a wider transcontinental initiative to unlock employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people in the country.

MentorMe Kenya has partnered with the German Development Cooperation to offer an expansive network of mentors from both Germany and Kenya giving mentees access to an international outlook to the diverse sectors covered in the programme.

MentorMe uses a matching software that enables the organization to match over 1000 mentors and mentees according to their needs and career growth requirements. It also offers a community of learning across the two countries through events, training and networking.

In an event held in Nairobi this morning MentorMe founder Karin Heinzl spoke about the organization’s plans and vision for establishing its operations in East Africa.

“We are excited to roll out this programme for the first time in the African continent and to establish our presence in Kenya. The programme has been highly successful in Germany since its inception, having facilitated over 2500 mentees to realize career development and business growth goals,” said Karin.

“For us mentorship is about more than just encouragement, it is a practical guide on how to define goals, where to source for relevant funding, where to find accessible learning tools for specific sectors and forecasts on emerging areas of distribution. We ultimately aim to make a significant contribution to young people’s lives,” she continued.

The partnership is extended under the “Employment and skills for Development in Africa”(E4D) programme ,commisioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented locally by the Deutshe Gesellschaft fu’r Internationale Zuusammerbeit (GIZ).It’s  also co-founded by Norwergian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

Speaking on the partnership GIZ Country Director,Bodo Immink said, “GIZ is committed to equipping   young and Micro and Small Businesses with the relevant skills and capicity to reduce unemployment and  increase economic sustainability.In this Partnership we are especially seeking out young people and women’s businesses that are focused on the Green Economy to address the current and very urgent matter of climate change.We will continue to support MentorMe Kenya through its main objevtive to offer industry-specific mentoring,training and networking events.”

MentorMe Kenya is designated to help  200 job-seeking Kenyans between the ages of 18 and 35 find new jobs and to support upskilling of 300 micro,small and meduim-sized enterprises (MSME’s) for employment creation,enterprise development and gender as well as pay equality by at lest 10%.

“The mentee will be accompanied by their mentors from Gemany and Kenya for ten months.In regular monthly exchanges via Zoom,Skype or in person on site,the mentees benefit from the professional and indusry experience as well as from the networks of their mentors.” said Salline Handa,MentorMe Kenya County Programme Lead.

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