Daniel Garlick, a Sheffield Hallam University Business Studies student, was chosen to join the 2013 Balloon Kenya programme and has travelled to Kenya for 6 weeks over the summer to help local people set up sustainable businesses and “empower local people to defeat poverty through business”.
Balloon Kenya is a social enterprise programme where 48 students from all over the world work with locals to start businesses in the most sustainable and effective way. £15,000 will be invested in at least 75 start-up businesses in communities where there is 65% unemployment.
Daniel has been an active member of his home community within the Air Cadets where he was awarded Best Cadet of the County in 2010 due to his “distinguished service” to them and his hard work in fundraising and volunteering. He has also achieved the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and met the Duke himself. With this next challenge in Kenya he is hoping it will “give (him) a chance to do something worthwhile and gain experience which will make (him) stand out”.
Daniel has been supported by Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union with his funding to join this project as it was clear that it was a fantastic opportunity in so many ways; Vanessa Marshall, Student Development Manager at Hallam Union, explained that “this exciting project will benefit the community in which Daniel is working, he will gain many skills and knowledge in social enterprise, finance, and project management whilst improving his employability and experiencing life and enterprise in a different culture. On his return, he will share his experiences with other Hallam students, perhaps inspiring them to follow in his footsteps to Kenya or even into local social enterprises here in Sheffield”
Daniel is keeping everyone up to date and sharing his experiences on his blog at http://djgarlick.wordpress.com