secure livelihoods

Kenyan Apprentice: Zuckerbergs of Nakuru pitch for big bank funding

Over the past four weeks, junior bankers from Citi have been working with eight aspirational entrepreneurs from Nakuru, Kenya. They’ve been mentored and supported to grow their businesses as part of VSO’s Knowledge Exchange programme, delivered through our partners Balloon Ventures.

This week, they're appearing before a panel of experts, including senior Citi employees, to pitch for funding to take their businesses to the next level.

Discovering a wealth of opportunity in Tanzania: Sandy's volunteer story

Sandy Hung, 28, left behind a high-powered role in Canada managing millions for the super-wealthy to volunteer with disadvantaged businesswomen in Iringa, on the Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED) project. It's improving chances for entrepreneurs in four districts on Tanzania by strengthening institutions and coaching small business owners.

20,000 chances to change the world

This week we’re celebrating 22-year-old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon, who’s travelling hundreds of miles to volunteer in Cambodia.

Tania is a former refugee from the DRC and is an aspiring midwife – but those aren’t the only things that make her special. She’ll be the 20,000th young person to volunteer through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

Growing Together: Big business nurtures Bangladeshi farmers

New research published this week suggests more than half of working Brits would like to volunteer to make a difference overseas, if they had the support of their employer. With this level of demand it's small wonder that corporate volunteering is on the rise.  

But what exactly does corporate volunteering look like in practice, and who does it benefit? We take a look at Bangladesh, where senior figures at agribusiness giant Syngenta are working in partnership with 7000 local farmers in Rangpur and Dinajpur districts.

What next for Sierra Leone?

On Saturday 7 November the World Health Organisation declared - after 42 days with no new reported cases – Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak is over.

Relief that the 17-month ordeal had finished was reflected in candlelit prayers and unprompted revelries. However, Ebola’s impact on the country far from ends with this milestone. 

Four lesser-known facts about fair trade

Tea, cocoa and sugar are enjoyed every day by millions of people around the world – often with little thought given to their origins and the people working to produce them. Those with a vague understanding of fair trade see the common sense behind giving farmers a fair price for their produce – but what about the hidden impacts that are less obvious?

Why ICS?

After spending 14 months working for VSO Supporter Care team, VSO ICS volunteer Lydia decided it was time to experience volunteering firsthand.