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Charity’s Luxury Boutique

Charity came to us 7 weeks ago with a really exciting business idea. She wanted to sell new luxury handbags in Njoro, Kenya (a market largely saturated with second hand clothing and bags,… Continue reading

He Built it in a Weekend!

This is Fred – one of our entrepreneurs here in Eldoret. When we first met him, he was with a group of fellow entrepreneurs who all wanted to start a general store. The… Continue reading

Despite all of our worries, when the testing came Rop was transformed; his honey business didn’t just break even – he is already making significant profit

Robert, my working partner, and I have been working with an entrepreneur called Rop. Rop has only recently finished form 4, which marks the end of high school in Kenya, so is one… Continue reading

Balloon @ Davos World Resources Forum 2015

A couple of weeks back I gave a talk at the World Resources Forum in Davos focusing on social innovation for sustainable consumption and production. It was a fitting setting, because the concept… Continue reading

Introducing Ghana…

The Balloon programme is a lot of fun, but it’s definitely not a holiday. Your first few days in Ghana are a whirlwind. You’ll be hit by a wall of heat as you… Continue reading

Uganda’s Blog Debut – and what a debut it is!

Good morning Uganda, this is your captain speaking. We’re coming into land once we’ve finished tweaking. On your left you’ll see the world’s largest lake, You’re probably thinking that this was a mistake.… Continue reading

“Challenges are good. They are the only way to grow”

The Balloon Learning Process. One afternoon I was strolling about on campus when I received a link from a friend. It was from an organization I had never heard of. It was a… Continue reading

Balloon Ghana January 2016

Today we are excited to announce that in January 2016 Balloon Ghana will be launching in Cape Coast. (Download Application Form) Since founding Balloon Kenya in 2012 it’s been an amazing journey. We’ve worked… Continue reading

Balloon Kenya – Lifting businesses into the ‘missing middle’

The missing middle is a phenomenon whereby developing countries’ economies consist of a large number of microenterprises (mostly informal) and some large firms but very few small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Conversely,… Continue reading

Bonds beyond gospel

Around five years ago I was studying in LA, and it was there of all places that I fell in love with blues, soul and gospel. Five years on, I find myself here… Continue reading