"Entrepreneurship has been my front door for doing what I love and believe for a living. My first entrepreneurial project started at age eight, powered with crayons, scissors and paper. A very small, yet successful greeting card company was co-founded by my sister and myself in my grandmother’s house. As with most first ventures our main supporters were family and friends. This one fact has remained true until today."
Bloom Microventures is a non-profit social enterprise that provides microcredit to entrepreneurs living below the poverty line in developing countries (Vietnam) using a unique model that harnesses the power of responsible tourism and microfinance to alleviate poverty.
The idea evolved as Lain Heringman, Malte Hoepfner, Felix Baden-Powell and myself studied in depth the roots of poverty and development during a masters in London in 2010 and where determined to join the rigour of business, the tools of microfinance and the power of responsible tourism to find new solutions for the problems of poverty. Bloom Microventures has now been operating for over 2 years, and is currently fully ran by a local team. Bloom Microventures has given loans and entrepreneurial support to over 200 women, while educating hundreds of tourists on microfinance. Featured in The New Hanoian, The Word Hanoi, The Travelworld, The Independent and more recently in the Lonely Planet Vietnam Edition, we hope the Bloom model inspires others to approach some of the world’s problems in innovative ways.