Frequently Asked Questions

  • What am I expected to do? Mentors are expected to provide their mentee with about two hours of support and interaction per month. Most of this interaction will take place via the phone, email and other web-related tools (for example, instant messaging) or face-to-face, as appropriate. Mentors and mentees will agree on their expectations and set shared goals and values.
  • What are the criteria to apply?                                                A successful track record as an entrepreneur, senior executive or professional with 8+ years (with people leadership & revenue management experience) of budget, cash flow and/or P&L management experience.  A wide and diverse network as well as local, regional and international professional experience. The desire to share your experience and networks with your mentee; seek to develop your mentee both personally and professionally
  • How long will the commitment be? After the mentor training course (face-to-face workshop or online), the mentor will be matched with a mentee to develop a long term trusted relationship. The structured mentoring program will run for 12 months. However, you are free after that to continue or not your mentoring relationship.
  • What is the difference between the online and offline

    The Imarisha Mentoring Program has 2 components
    1- Face-to-face mentoring: Throughout the face-to-face program, mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to undergo a 3-day Kickstart workshop which will include mentor training, matching and co-developing of the mentoring relationship - all conducted within the workshop. Mentors and mentees will be matched within the same county.
    2- Online mentoring:the online mentoring program
    will see the mentor training and matching all take in an online environment over a 6 - 8 week duration. Mentors and mentees could be from either of the 3 counties and may be matched across counties i.e. a mentee from Nairobi could be matched with a mentor from Kisumu or Mombasa counties.
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  • What should I do if my mentoring relationship isn't going well?​ We encourage letting the mentee know about the situation and contacting the Mowgli team as soon as possible. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive manner. Mowgli offers regular check ins during the year and a Refresher session, which enable the mentors to discuss any issues and give them the confidence and tools to excel in their mentoring.
  • What is the cost of the program? The 144 participants that will be selected to join the program would be required to pay an administration fee of Kshs. 3,000. Mowgli Mentoring will not reimburse transport fees or pay the mentor during the 12-month relationship. However, lunch will be of course provided during workshops.

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Mentor DO's

  1. Commit at least two interaction/hours of support per month.
  2. Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
  3. Invite the mentee to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.
  4. Be flexible on meeting times and places.
  5. Arrange frequent contacts through telephone, email, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate.
  6. Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the mentee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
  7. Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
  8. Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
  9. Provide honest and timely feedback to your mentee.
  10. Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
  11. Above all, LISTEN.

Mentor DON'Ts

  1. Try to give advice on everything.
  2. Encourage mentee to be totally dependent upon you.
  3. Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc., unless they are constructive contributions.
  4. Be too busy when the mentee needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the mentee a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.
  5. Criticize and judge.