When Pamela Basikiti signed up to volunteer in Kenya, little did she know it would be the trip that would transform two lives, including her own.
The University of Northampton Law undergraduate spent six weeks on the Balloon Kenya volunteering programme last summer, coaching an 18-year-old man from a disadvantaged community, who wanted to start his own business.
“He enjoyed baking and wanted to sell his products, but needed support to realise his dream,” said Pamela. “We helped him road-test his recipes, source bakeries and to understand the business processes. He started with absolutely nothing, and now he’s running his own business.
“That confirmed this was something I wanted to do with my life: to help people transform their lives for the better.”
Due to graduate this summer, Pamela launched her own charity in April, and is now seeking eight volunteers aged 18 and over, who would like to receive training on delivering business workshops – and then jet to Zimbabwe to help young people devise and develop their business ambitions.
To find out more, visit www.zimwomenassociation.org/ekhya.html