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

Man of The Year

I studied Business in college, I did a BTEC but I always felt that my heart wasn’t in it. I would plough through work as quickly as possible and in my study periods… 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

A heated debate: Balloon ICS should only work with sustainable businesses

Curriculum Training brought up its fair share of interesting topics but this has to be the most controversial of them all. After three days of torrential rain the sun finally came out and… Continue reading

Curriculum Crazy!

As week one comes to an end our stories committee get the lowdown on how things are going so far here in Eldoret. From left to right – Christophe, Lillian, Dennis and Cat… Continue reading

Two weeks in Nakuru: What have we learnt so far?

Two weeks in Nakuru: What have we learnt so far? During training, we were told time and time again that our volunteering placement would fly by. But how quickly can three months spent… Continue reading

A Kenyan’s Guide to London and the UK

This article is a story of Felix Owino and his first trip to London to attend the Youth Summit 2015. He was selected by VSO to represent Kenya amongst a great number of… Continue reading

Balloon’s First Corporate Volunteering Programme

In Kenya we’re one week into the Citi Volunteer Africa programme run in partnership with VSO Knowledge Exchange. 12 employees of Citibank from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa have joined us in… Continue reading

What makes Balloon Unique to our Beneficiaries?

Why do our entrepreneurs choose to work with us over other microfinance institutions or entrepreneurship organizations? This question of ‘why do people choose us?’ is one which most organizations deal with throughout their… Continue reading