The story of Innocents

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow Perdie Alder When we have a business idea, how often do we test the idea before jumping in and investing all our time / effort / resources into… Continue reading

First Balloon progamme lifts off in Ghana

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellows Selam, Laura, Efua and Nathaniel  Ghanaian entrepreneur Winnifred bakes biscuits and sells them to the school children in her village © Lisa Freiburg Josh Bicknell and Doug Cochrane set up… Continue reading

A Short History of International Aid (part 2/2)

In preparation for the Bristol International Development Conference panel discussion on ‘The Future of Aid’, we have put together a short two-part blog on the history of international aid.

A Short History of International Aid (part 1/2)

In preparation for the Bristol International Development Conference panel discussion on ‘The Future of Aid’, we have put together a short two-part blog on the history of international aid.

The Business of Sustainability

If you regularly read the Balloon Blog (and I recommend that you do!), you may remember a post about an inspiring woman called Metrine Akinyi who set up the first school in her… Continue reading

“Challenge yourself to change your world” – It might sound cheesy but that’s exactly what it’s all about and it’s all worth it.

I’d done a lot of smaller charity projects before, but Balloon offered such a wide range of experience and the chance to take on total responsibility.  I wanted to take real action and… Continue reading

Interview with Sophia from Nakuru!

“Sophia is an expert dress maker. After working as a machinist at a local clothing manufacturer she decided she wanted to use her skills for her own gaib and start a tailoring shop.… Continue reading

Let me present to you a young lady from Uganda who never thought in life she could own her own business. This is how she tells her story…

My name is Namono Helen; I am married with two children. I was once living in Tororo a far district from Mbale town. I used to plait my aunt’s hair on a small… Continue reading

“She’s an amazing entrepreneur and I’m lucky to have met her!”

On meeting entrepreneur Jacky, she was (and still is) a softly spoken, unassuming and pleasant woman who regularly delivered 10-15 home-cooked lunches to shop vendors. Her lunch-delivery service was new, but the one… Continue reading

A Day In The Life…

In my group there is Albert (In Country Volunteer), Hayley (UK Volunteer) and myself (Jonathan, UK Volunteer).   We have been working with five entrepreneurs for the past few weeks and I would like… Continue reading