A business student from Sileby has been chosen to take part in a global scheme in Kenya this summer.
Dan Garlick, 21, will join 24 other students from all over the world to help Kenyan entrepreneurs set up businesses as part of the Balloon Kenya programme.
“I will be there for six weeks and I will team up with students from Vietnam, China, America and Germany to name a few,” he said.
“The programme is based in Nakuru, Kenya and aims to empower local people to fight poverty through enterprise rather than aid.
“I’m working for Bosch on placement while doing my degree in Sheffield and I saw this and thought it was a great opportunity to do something different that still had real relevance to my course and at the same time would help me learn some life skills.
“We’ll be training at first and acclimatising and then we’ll work with local entrepreneurs and help them to develop their ideas before, at the end of the six weeks, helping them pitch for finance .
“Essentially, we’ll be helping them with their presentations to pitch for micro-finance that will enable them to start up their own businesses.”
Dan is a former pupil of Redlands Primary School in Sileby and former student at both Humphrey Perkins School in Barrow and Rawlins Community College in Quorn.
He was also a member of Air Cadets and achieved his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award with them, as well as being made the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the county.
To make the trip, he has already saved £1,000 but wants to raise another £2,000 before he heads to Africa in August.
“I’m thinking of setting up an email account for people who want to help support me to donate and of course people can call me too,” he added.
Among those supporting Dan is Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan, who commented: “I am thrilled that Dan has earned a place on this programme.
“He will be an inspiration to young Kenyans who want to become young entrepreneurs.
“I’m sure he will reach his target of raising £2,000, and I wish him all the luck in the world with his endeavours,” she added.