Mara One on One

Mara Mentor’s signature program “Mara One-on-One” has been a prominent extension of the mentorship platform. This initiative is designed to help young enterprises survive the cutthroat world of business by creating alliances with strong players who have already succeeded in running successful companies. Through this programme, young entrepreneurs are able to position their businesses for sustainable growth through one-on-one sessions with a Mentor drawn from the top of the business world. Mara One-on-One has supported the start-up and growth of young businesses in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria by connecting successful businessmen and businesswomen with ambitious entrepreneurs for a six-month period. Over 200 businesses have benefited from the program. Mara Mentor One-on-One has been implemented in Abuja, Kampala, Dar-Es-Salam, Nairobi and Lagos.

Mentors will help young entrepreneurs to:

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You've never had a Mentor before? Here are some helpful do's and don'ts:

  • Take time to identify your goals
  • Be considerate of your mentors’ time
  • Return phone calls and e-mails promptly and be on time
  • Listen attentively to what your mentors have to say, store what seems irrelevant for future use
  • Be complete yet succinct in your comments and explanations
  • Seriously consider all advice you receive
  • Show evidence you’ve utilised your mentors’ help in making decisions
  • Show appreciation for every form of assistance your mentor gives you (Say thanks, praise them in front of others, send a note, etc.)
  • Make it easy for your mentor to give you corrective feedback, ask for it early
  • Assume the relationship will be strictly professional
  • Be prepared to move out of the relationship at the end of the program
  • Keep the door open to return later for advice or other help
  • Keep in touch once you part company. Send a note or call from time to time to provide progress reports and say thanks
  • Depend on your mentors to identify your goals for you
  • Assume your mentors have unlimited time for you
  • Tune out when the topic seems irrelevant to your immediate needs
  • Say “Yes, but…”
  • Forget to share the outcome of the help your mentor provided
  • Take your mentor for granted or assume they don’t need reinforcement
  • Immediately defend or explain yourself, or worse, criticise your mentor
  • Intrude into your mentors’ personal life or expect to be close friends
  • Hang on to your mentor indefinitely
  • Leave on bad terms
  • Move on without checking back with past mentor