Tag Archive: microfinance

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

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

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

1 Year On Blog Series – Anna Rickman

When I look back over my year since Balloon Kenya I find it hard to see how I’ve fit it all in. It’s been a whirlwind, and I can see the influence of… Continue reading