In the summer of 2010, Josh was in Kenya conducting research for his Master’s Thesis, interviewing members of the communities involved in the 2007-8 post-election violence in the country. Through these conversations he was struck by the extent to which the conflict was rooted in poverty and unemployment.
Whilst in Kenya, he met Betty Odour, who manages an orphanage in Busia, Western Kenya. Betty made Josh aware of the acute employment problems facing young people in Kenya – “One of our biggest concerns,” she told him “is what our children are going to do when they finish school. They will have to find work, but there are no jobs here. I fear some will end up back on the streets.”
Returning to England, Josh understood the desperate need for jobs across all sections of Kenyan society. While interning, Josh met Doug and they began to talk, sharing their frustrations with the lack of exciting and meaningful job opportunities. Together, they founded Balloon to utilise the commitment and energy of young people to drive social change.
In February 2012 Balloon Ventures was formally registered and the rest, as they say, is history…