Tag Archive: business

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

“Shaking the snow globe” -Embracing the chaos of newness

“When life starts to stagnate, shake it like a snow globe.” Balloon ICS Team Leader Ali Whiting on the impact Balloon had on her life, and on the entrepreneurs with whom we work.… 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

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

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

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

Climbing out of the box

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow Efua Mercer I have always been a little put off by the idea of being a business owner. I have instead opted for the path of the office… Continue reading

Another Day in the Life of….

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow JJ Slater Trying, testing and validating The day starts (early) with Bennett.Bennett is a Biochemical Sciences student at the University of Cape Coast and is a passionate producer… Continue reading

A Day in the Life of the Fellows

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellows Efua and Laura 5 – 7am: 5am in Cape Coast and a few of the more energetic Fellows are following the Ghanaian example and starting their day early:… Continue reading