Student heads on Africa trip to help train entrepreneurs

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A Sheffield student has travelled to Kenya with a volunteer group to help people in the African country set up in business.

Daniel Garlick, a Sheffield Hallam University student, has been chosen to join the Balloon Kenya programme, which aims to ‘empower local people to defeat poverty through business’.

He was supported by the university’s students’ union with his funding.

Vanessa Marshall, Hallam’s student development manager, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Danial.

“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 writing about his experiences in an online blog, so family and friends can follow his adventure.

In his latest blog post, Daniel has written about beginning work on the project.

He said: “The wait is over. This is what we are here for – can’t wait to get stuck in.”

For the next five weeks, Daniel and fellow volunteers will be creating business ideas, testing them and then preparing them to pitch for finance.

■ To read Daniel’s online blog, visit