Balloon Ventures: Reflections and Chill

And so the halfway point of the programme came around just as quickly as everyone had previously warned us, and before you know it we were all packed into matatus (public buses here)… Continue reading

Philippines Fellowship: Baguio meets Betty Crocker

People say that you shouldn’t take anything you have for granted, that there’s always someone somewhere who is struggling whilst you’re sailing. Growing up in the UK you often overlook the simple things.… Continue reading

Estimating Impact is Hard! Innovating in Data Collection Could Be The Answer

As a social enterprise, at Balloon we spend a lot of time thinking about our impact. Those who take part in our programmes would happily testify to the impact created (check out other… Continue reading

Balloon Ventures Research: Exploring sustainability in the informal sector

Balloon works with entrepreneurs in emerging economies, helping them to start or expand micro-businesses. Balloon provides training and support in many aspects including finance, marketing and promoting innovation. The programme also offers interest… Continue reading

I now partly understand the stuggles of woman in Kisii and it’s important to share these experiences – No sugar-coating!

“How’s Kisii Qiarna???”, “Kenya must be amazing!”,”OMG I bet your having the time of your life!!!!???” These are the questions I tend to see come through my WhatsApp from friends and hear via calls from… Continue reading

Philippines Fellowship: 2 weeks in

It’s Monday morning of the 2nd week in the Philippines. We’ve had our (not awkward at all) introductory meetings with our entrepreneurs, but it’s this week that we are given the task of… Continue reading

Balloon Ventures: Don’t call us microfinance! (3/3): A lack of focus on growth

Microfinance has failed to live up to its early promise as a tool to fight poverty. In this three-part blog series, we discuss the three major issues with current microfinance and how the… Continue reading

Philippines Fellowship: First Impressions

Sunday 24th July Baguio City, Philippines Despite only being eight days ago, it seems like our arrival in Baguio happened far earlier than that. Baguio itself is a place like no other, a… Continue reading

Blowing up in the Philippines

Balloon Ventures has partnered with the British Council in the Philippines to pilot the programme in Baguio City this year. We have recruited 12 fellows from the UK and China who will be… Continue reading

Balloon Ventures: Don’t call us microfinance! (2/3): Poverty is multi-dimensional, so should our approach be

Microfinance has failed to live up to its early promise as a tool to fight poverty. In this three-part blog series, we discuss the three major issues with current microfinance and how the… Continue reading