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

Is Social Enterprise a viable alternative to international aid for development in Africa?

Foreign aid is arguably a failed strategy for Africa. But is Social Enterprise a viable replacement?

3 reasons I’m excited about my Balloon Fellowship

Someone once said, “History is more than the path left by the past. It influences the present and can shape the future.” I recall this quote because I’m beginning to appreciate more and… 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