Markets, whether large or small, keep communities thriving. But conflicts, disasters and a lack of infrastructure can prevent people from conducting the daily transactions on which all growth and progress depend. Around the world, Mercy Corps discovers why commerce is stuck.
One of the most powerful ways of creating economic opportunity is to share relevant knowledge to help entrepreneurs succeed at their business. If you have expertise that would be helpful to a small business, you can connect virtually with thousands of entrepreneurs around the world and start mentoring. This opportunity requires a limited amount of your time, fits to your schedule, and makes a real impact.
This program is made possible by MicroMentor, an online platform that connects entrepreneurs with business mentors, and a social venture of Mercy Corps.
A complete profile is the first step to connecting with others. It lets people know who you are and why you are here. The quality of your profile greatly affects your impression on others you are trying to connect with.
Once your profile is complete, connecting with another user is as easy as messaging them from their profile. Personalize your messages so that their recipient feels relevant and appreciated.
Once you’ve connected, it’s time to set goals, expectations, and a schedule. You might meet in person over coffee, or you might talk on the phone or video chat. It’s up to you to decide how and how often you meet, as well as what you’ll work on together and what milestones you want to achieve.
If you would like to connect with somebody in global community, there are thousands of others to choose from. To filter by country, see the "Country" filter in the advanced options of the "Search Entrepreneurs" page (see image for example).
Mercy Corps Northwest is a program of Mercy Corps which helps entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. You will know if another user is in this network when their profile says "Member: Mercy Corps Northwest"