Tag Archive: entrepreneurs

Let’s Get Fruity! An interview with a Balloon ICS entrepreneur.

Whilst on their own Balloon ICS placement in Kericho, Kenya, one of our Volunteers met up with Gideon Mutai, a former Balloon Entrepreneur, to talk to him about his experience of the programme… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s chop: Food and business in Ghana

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow Efua Mercer “Nature gave us two cheeks instead of one to make it easier to eat hot food” – Old Ghanaian saying. Fellows eating the fruit of a cocoa… Continue reading

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