Category Archive: Sustainability

Balloon Launches Micro Venture Capital!

Today, I’m excited to announce that Balloon Ventures has been announced a winner of the OpenIDEO Youth Empowerment Challenge funded by DFID. Out of over 500 submissions our idea was 1 of 6… 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

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

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

Don’t call us microfinance! (1/3): Chasing impact instead of money

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

Working with Citi Volunteers to deliver impact

At Balloon a key aspect to our impact is the idea of ‘grow businesses, change lives’. We achieve this by working with micro-entrepreneurs with the aim of growing them into SMEs. After an… Continue reading

77 Days in Kenya

My first ever debate was about whether charity could actually be justified. On the opposing side, 13 Year-Old me found this utterly shocking – how could giving money to help those in need… Continue reading

What does sustainability mean in the context of Kenya’s informal sector?

Following our debate on sustainability many volunteers were left questioning their own understanding of the word ‘sustainability’. The UK volunteers in particular found their westernised perspective of the term being questioned as they tried… Continue reading