Tag Archive: Entrepreneurship

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

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

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