Enactus is proud to partner with Ford Motor Company Fund through the Ford C3 Building Sustainable Communities Project Partnership. We are excited to see Enactus teams use entrepreneurial action to create innovative solutions that build sustainable communities. Review project summaries below to learn more about how Enactus teams have partnered with Ford Motor Company Fund to advance the sustainability of their communities.
Cycle Five Projects
Metodista – Methodist University of São Paulo
The Enactus team, in partnership with the Ribeirão Grande Quilombola community in Barra do Turvo, São Paulo, is constructing an industrial shed to increase the production and commercialization of brown sugar. The shed will be powered from a biodigester that runs on the waste from the sugar production. The increased production will generate income and strengthen the local economy by creating jobs for young people in the community. Currently, the team has created business and design plans for the industrial shed. The marketing students on the team have developed a website for the partnering cooperative, as well as a logo for their brand. Future plans for the project include the extension of cooperative proposals beyond sugar production, implementation of other technical resources and tools, support on legal and environmental issues related to land demarcation; and support in educational matters that meet the needs of the Quilombola community, its culture and way of life.
State University Vale do Acaraú
The SerTão Sustentável project promotes the development of a sustainable community of 60 agricultural families by embracing three aspects: social, environmental and economical. Through low-cost training workshops, the team encourages social entrepreneurship and community empowerment. Before the project, the community faced food waste and water issues. Since the implementation of the project, the Enactus team has developed a relationship with community associations and a local NGO, which has facilitated the development of the project activities and strengthened working ties. The team applied engineering and environmental concepts on the implantation of technologies that led to the reuse of greywater and the optimization of an irrigation system. Additionally, the team created the Bodega Sustentável, a touring tent that sells local products. In total, the project has impacted 485 people and generated $13,922.60 in revenue for the community.
UFABC – Federal University of ABC
Illiteracy is a latent problem in Brazil. The Alfatech project helps public school students learn to read through an individualized, computer-based program. Interactive activities on the Alfatech software offer children a new way to learn. Currently, the team is working on a mobile app to make the program more attractive to students and offer greater access to areas without desktop computers. The development of the app will be done in partnership with a UFABC professor, who will select students to complete a research project on the app, and their scholarships will be paid with resources received by the Ford C3 grant. The development of the study and the payment of scholarships is expected in early 2019. Another aspect of the project is adapting the software to teach mathematics, another a recurring problem within Brazilian public schools. A pilot version of the math program was tested with children with autism and the results were positive, but so far there has been no replication in any school in the municipal network of Santo André. The Alfatech project team has a strong relationship based on good communication, transparency and trust with the San André Department of Education and the area professors, which contributes to the sustainability of the project.
UFPA – Federal University of Pará
Water in the Amazon is a paradox: the region has abundant rainfall and more freshwater than the rest of the world, but over 10 million people lack access to clean water. Amana Katu (AK) is a social business that works with a regional community NGO, Movimento República de Emaús (MRE), to develop and sell two cost-efficient, innovative products that promote sustainable water use in urban homes and agriculture. The pure rainwater collection mini-systems cost about $70 USD each, and have been adapted for use in urban residences, where space is limited. The second product is an innovative drip irrigation system linked to a hybrid rainwater collection kit that uses up to 95% less water than conventional irrigation technologies and saves 15% more water than other drip irrigation processes. From October 2017 to January 2018, AK had initial contact with MRE; applied a socioeconomic survey; identified the community’s specific needs; conducted a training in entrepreneurial skills, environmental sustainability and water management with a group of 20 MRE teenagers. In February 2018, AK created the Center for Social Entrepreneurship in MRE, where a group of 10 teenagers from MRE build these mini-systems and receive income. To build and improve these products, from March to July 2018, they learned hydraulics, soil management and sustainable technology. From August to November 2018, they studied project management, sales, e-commerce, marketing, entrepreneurship, and innovation. From April to October 2018, team members used design thinking to develop a website and organize the sale, transport and post-sale feedback of all AK products.
University of Hohenheim
In Germany, 8.6 million umbrellas a year break and are thrown away, even though they consist of many usable resources. The Aufgefangen project created a sustainable recycling system for umbrellas. The University of Hohenheim Enactus team established a business that deals with the collection of old and broken umbrellas, separation of the metal and fabric, production of a new product and distribution of the product. In the first project stage, the team organized a week-long collection campaign during which they collected over 400 umbrellas in six communities. Six local teenagers then separated the metal and fabric, then cut the fabric according to a sewing pattern. The fabric was then stitched, labeled and a drawstring was added by prisoners in the Schwäbisch Gmünd penitentiary to produce the final product, a sports bag. For the distribution of the sports bags, the team plans to sell them in small stores and online. The long-term goal is to build a steady production cycle with regular collection, production and distribution of the umbrellas and sports bags. The first production line with over 80 sports bags was a great experience in terms of organizing the collection and finding partners for the production. In their next production, the team is aiming to improve the quality of the labels and the drawstrings. With the revenue of the sold products, the team plans to reward the teenagers for their great work in the separation and cutting process.
University of Mannheim
More than 1.6 million people in Germany are wheelchair users. Even though those 1.6 million people have very specific clothing requirements, only a handful of suppliers serve their special needs. Clothes offered by those few fashion companies are usually very expensive and out of fashion. To close this gap in the market, Enactus Mannheim started a social entrepreneurship project: BLAUHERZ. Together with a local community partner (Pilgerhaus Weinheim), the project provides people with disabilities access to fashionable, functional and affordable clothing. The clothes are handmade by refugees from Syria that found a home at the Pilgerhaus. Therefore, the project not only benefits people with disabilities but also refugees from Syria who are rebuilding their lives in a new country. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of people in wheelchairs, as well as of those who are socially disadvantaged. Through BLAUHERZ, wheelchair users can live more independently as they can dress with little or no help from others. In the last year, the team sold more than 40 pants and received strong positive feedback from the customers. Additionally, the team has created two jobs, one for a refugee and one for a person with disabilities.
University of Wuppertal
The project Kleine Lichter (Little Lights) will produce luminous pendants for children to help keep them safe in traffic. After the design of the light was finalized and the prototype was built, the patent and licensing process took about six months to complete, which delayed the project. Only recently could the team resume work on the project. Currently, the team is focusing on founding a company for the projects. Lawyers are being consulted and a concrete plan was set out and production of the lights will start in February 2019. Then, the Ford C3, Cycle funds will start being used. The project aims to helps integrate people with mental disorders into society by providing them jobs. The light we want to produce is used in the mobility sector since it is meant to make children more visible in traffic and can be seen as a smart upgrade over vests which are currently the main means of making children visible in traffic. The main project strength is the technology of the lights that will be produced. It was developed with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the team has secured a patent for the light. The light is qualitative and technologically superior other products currently on the market. Furthermore, the team has strong and engaged partners.
University for Development Studies
Project Feed Livestock employs innovation to tackle the scarcity of animal feed during dry periods when fresh, palatable feed is absent, and animals usually go hungry. Thousands of hectares of grassland can be seen throughout the upper east region of Ghana. Animals do not consume these dry grasses as they are unpalatable and lack most of the attractive nutrients. These dried untapped grasses can be transformed into an animal feed. To make animals consume an otherwise unpalatable, but nutrient-rich feed, the Enactus team devised techniques to make animals want to feed on the product. Mixed with dried groundnut plants, it is nutritionally balanced. The aroma of fresh grass is induced by volatile compounds that make it is easy for the animals to detect. In the last year, the project has increased animal production for 97 farmers. Animal nutrition and weight increased, boosting the animal and meat industry. The income of animal farmers has almost doubled. So far, the project has employed 24 workers serving at various stages, ranging from production to marketing and improved their standard of living. Poverty and hunger have also been reduced through the creation of jobs.
University of Ghana
Palm oil is consumed by every household in Ghana. To produce the oil in large quantities for consumption, local women use firewood as a source of energy, along with some toxic materials such as used car tires and waste plastics. In doing so, the plastics and tires release toxic substances into the atmosphere. The women, therefore, become exposed to the toxic smoke, resulting in health issues. The Enactus team in collaboration with the School of Engineering has designed an ultra-modern stove to help cook the raw palm oil in a safer, healthy and hygienic way. The stove is designed to use the fiber from the palm nut as its main energy source. Any biodegradable substance can be used in addition to the palm fiber as a source of energy. The biodegradable substances are placed in a compartment within the stove, and a chimney on the outside directs the small amount of smoke that is produced into the atmosphere. This allows the women to cook the raw oil faster and safer. This year, a local artisan was trained to build the stoves and is available to repair damaged stoves in the community. Local women produce and accumulate the biochar, which they use in their own homes and sell to area farmers.
University of Mines and Technology
Kissi Township is a major alcohol distilling hub in the central region of Ghana. Raw sugarcane is processed into alcohol for both local markets and exports to neighboring communities. However, distillers barely make ends meet. Production of the alcohol generates many by-products, which block drains and roads, is burned in the open or used by women in the community in for domestic cooking. Unfortunately, burning these by-products releases pollutants into the atmosphere, chiefly CO2. To curb these challenges and provide sustainable markets for local alcohol distillers, Enactus UMaT developed a clean and climate-smart energy source, Adepa Eco Gel, for domestic cooking and heating from sugarcane bagasse left after alcohol production. The waste-energy fuel is smokeless and used for cooking in specially designed user-friendly aluminum stoves. It is more efficient as it burns three times longer than the traditional cooking fuel. The use of biomass (sugarcane bagasse) makes it safe, environmentally friendly and has no threat to food security, unlike other first-generation biofuels which require huge farmlands (plantations) to produce. Since it is made from a made from a completely renewable energy source, Adepa Eco Gel is 100% organic, non-spill, non-explosive and non-toxic. The team started by selling the alcohol distillation units to distillers in the community. However, this model was not successful, as the distillers complained it was too expensive. The team then switched to a cooperative model, which has achieved great results. The project now has community support and the local alcohol distillers are more willing to cooperate with the Enactus team.
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science & Technology (JOOUST)
Enactus JOOUST is promoting innovative ideas that offer entrepreneurial opportunities in Kenya. The Panda Kenya project addresses declining forest coverage caused by illegal logging and charcoal burning. First, the team established tree nurseries to train the community on tree nursery management. Second, they implemented the use of biomass fuel briquettes to replace wood as a sustainable energy source. A great milestone for the project was reached when the government of Siaya and the Kenya Forestry Research Institute partnered with Enactus JOOUST to provide much needed professional guidance. Enactus students are currently preparing the tree nurseries and training community members, as well as creating business models that make tree vending profitable. Additionally, engineering students have been part of the design process for a mechanical compressor for the biomass fuel briquette production. The success of Panda Kenya is anchored in the willingness of the community members to learn, which in turns motivates the Enactus students.
Aqua Touch addresses water shortage in Kenya, which is a major hindrance to development in most regions. The project is an innovative way of wastewater management and recycling to ensure access to clean and affordable water. The innovative aspect of the project is that it uses readily available materials to recycle water. This is achieved by subjecting the water to pass through charcoal grains and sand pebbles where the sand will absorb the bad smell and color, aided by the charcoal grains which will absorb the bad smell in the water. The project was brought to life by students from different schools at Kenyatta University. School of Engineering, Art and Design students helped design and construct the prototype of the project and explained how it would work. Students from the School of Pure and Applied Sciences aided in inspecting and giving reports on whether the end water from the process would be safe for different uses. School of Business students helped prepare the project budget. The most successful aspect of the project is the unification of two communities. The project was established between two communities with different interests in the mode of operations, but the project provides clean water for both and is based at a location where they can meet and use the same resources. As a result, the project now serves as a symbol of unity.
Eldoret, with a population of approximately 250,000, produces more than 15 tons of waste a day. Some of it ends up in illegal dump sites, which creates health hazards. The Enactus team developed a model that uses glass and plastic waste to make a wide range of products. The process involves collecting glass and plastic waste from dump sites, crushing the glass into small pieces, melting the plastics, mixing the melted plastics with the crushed glass, then molding the mixture into desired products such as paving blocks, table tops, stools, etc. and left to cool. The resulting blocks are strong and non-elastic. Glass and plastics are readily available for free; hence the blocks have low production costs. Two people (wasteprenuers) can make five tables in a week, which delivers an income of $120 USD per month. With a solution in mind, the team started campaigns on waste management and the importance of waste separation in communities around Moi University and Eldoret. The communities have now formed garbage collection groups that collect domestic waste from residential and business areas, separate it and turn it into income. So far, Enactus Moi has trained over 15 wasteprenuers and has a team of energetic students striving to achieve great results.
Panamerican University, Guadalajara Campus (UP Guadalajara)
Venti is dedicated to tackling the problem of droughts in the most affected areas of the Mexican drylands. Farming communities constantly fight to keep up with small or no harvests for long periods of time. The problem not only affects the farmers but disrupts the local economy on many levels. The Enactus team is creating a product that uses the humidity in the air (during droughts an average of 25%) to create drinkable water that can be used and optimized for crop growth. Venti is a container that sucks humid air from the environment and channels it through a storage system of hydrophilic properties, which will take the moisture out and channel the dry air out of the system. The stored water will be mixed with a hydrophilic chemical compound that acts as a soil fertilizer. The idea is to give farmers in affected communities a sustainable and independent solution in times of drought, so they can focus on keeping productivity up. The main challenge the team faced this year was finding the correct formulas required to make the prototype work correctly. More research on water use, chemistry and land use are needed. The team also faced problems identifying an efficient and low-cost material for the system. Nevertheless, each member of the team has learned and developed important skills, not only from their field of study but also from different areas. The team has learned the importance of focusing their work not only on profits but also on the community members they are benefitting.
Milenium Technological University, Guadalupe Campus
(Tec Milenio Guadalupe)
In Mexico, more than two million homes do not have access to energy. Through the development of renewable energy generators, Līph creates energy for families at a low cost and reduce pollution. The project increases the number of people who have access to energy and help create sustainable lives for them. The Enactus team has developed a sustainable business model by creating jobs for young people by teaching them how to build the generators. They are paid with money and a generator for their family’s home. The remaining generators are sold to individuals and industrial clients. In the last five months, the team has improved the generators by making them more efficient and powerful. Multiple industries have contacted the team, wishing to incorporate the technology to help create a more sustainable future for their city and country. Additionally, the Enactus team offers a social service part of Līph, which consists of inviting students from different universities to be trained in giving building lessons to the people in the needed communities. The central idea of the project is to create technology and provide energy to all corners of the world.
Milenium Technological University, Veracruz Campus
(Tec Milenio Veracruz)
The Tank-E project produces industrial biodigesters that work with water and any organic matter, such as cattle feces and food waste. The biodigesters require a minimal investment for their manufacture, handling and maintenance, which is beneficial for low-income communities. The biogas produced can be used for cooking, lighting and heating. In return, the biodigesters help transform waste, as they are producing biofertilizers that improve the production capacity of the land. Thanks to the opportunity from Ford Motor Company Fund, the team has increased their managerial skills and strengthened the unity between the team and the community. The project currently has 8 biodigesters with a capacity of 10,000 liters and an established biofertilizer production line with a capacity to fill more than 50,000 bottles in the communities of Costa de San Juan, Nacaste, Pajarillos, Roca Partida and Pico de Orizaba. The project has also contributed to women’s empowerment. Thanks to the women’s business vision, new product distribution channels for the biodigesters and biofertilizer bottles have been created.
Technological University of the Mixteca (UTM)
Faced with problems of water pollution from waste restaurant oil and elderly adults living in poverty, the Enactus UTM team, along with a group of volunteers who previously established a community kitchen to provide food for seniors, created the project Ñanduvi. The project transforms residual edible oil into a high quality, biodegradable soap at an affordable price. The project aims to reduce pollution due to poor handling of residual edible oil and create employment that empowers vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and single mothers. Through the income generated by Ñanduvi, the operating costs of the community kitchen will be met. The Enactus UTM team developed a comprehensive plan that includes the participation of strategic restaurant partners and the group of volunteers from the community kitchen. The restaurants provide the residual edible oil, which is the main raw material of the biodegradable soap. Business Science students are teaching volunteers and workers different types of training to help them develop business, marketing, finance and human development skills. In the last year, the team has been able to create a productive network with their strategic allies and now have the possibility of expanding their alliances and replicating the project in other communities.
Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Tétouen
People in Tétouan lack access to drinking water and must travel long distances to find clean water. Children are particularly affected since they often abandon school to collect water. The Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Tétouen Enactus team found there are closer sources of water in this area, but they are contaminated. To improve the quality of these nearby sources, the team determined they could produce and market filtration products. The team’s product is a combination of two filtration phases. The first phase is a biological treatment with bio-sand, which is characterized by the removing of pathogens, suspended matter and turbidity, and the second phase is a treatment by activated charcoal. The product is certified by the laboratory of the delegation of the Ministry of Health. This year, the team directly impacted 150 men, women and children through their affordable and eco-friendly filters.
Mohammadia School of Ingineers (EMI)
Over 1.2 billion people globally have no access to electricity and millions more have an unreliable supply. Instead, they use dangerous, polluting and expensive kerosene lamps for light. Stepergy is a project that aims to provide a clean light using only the power of gravity. It is innovative as it provides energy instantly, without using batteries, and with no running costs. It is powered by the lift of a weight. As the weight falls it turns a gear train, driving the motor that powers the LEDs. With Stepergy, light is ready when needed. Currently, the Enactus team is in the research and development phase (3 minutes of light when the weight is at 2 meters). The team is working with six engineering students to get the most efficient product. In parallel, and with the help of Association Alwiam, the team is in touch with rural communities that are in need. Once they have a finished product with good specifications, the community members will be the first to test it and give the team feedback. Children will be then able to study even at night, which will have positive repercussions on their educational level. The project currently has four employees that receive $2.08 USD for each product they make.
National School of Commerce and Management of El Jadida (ENCG El Jadida)
The Enactus team started by conducting a needs assessment in a small area near Tnin lgharbia. They focused on this community because it suffers from many problems. After interviews with the inhabitants, the team realized their major problem is unemployment. With a very limited income and a high rate of poverty, parents cannot provide for the important needs of their children. The Enactus team organized a brainstorming session to get the idea of Plumare, a company specialized in the manufacture of washable diapers, which empowers women in need who have sewing knowledge. The diapers are more resistant, more efficient and effective and can be used both as a diaper and panties and are comfortable for the baby. They are composed of organic cotton hemp that ensures the well-being of the baby, also inserts that ensures proper absorption of baby waste, a waterproof and resistant outer shell, elastics in the back and thighs and on the stomach for good support, and a snap closure system to adapt the washable layers to the height of the child from birth until age three. Thanks for the support of Ford Fund, the Enactus team has been able to hire a woman with a salary of 750dh per month and advertise their product.
National Graduate School of Arts of Casablanca (ENSAM Casablanca)
POMM’it is a social start-up that produces and transforms deteriorated apples into agri-food and cosmetic products. Two local women from the Midelt region run the entire production process of apple cider vinegar. These women were previously housewives, but now have a stable, monthly income that is 40% higher than the local average. The raw materials for the project are supplied by marginalized, small farmers who now have a zero-waste production. Since the start of the project, the Enactus team has familiarized themselves with Morocco’s market and they have been adapting their brand image and products’ quality to meet market standards. Now the team is ready to scale up production to 300 liters of apple cider vinegar per month, which will allow them to recruit eight more women and partner with four more small farmers for the raw materials. The team has studied their social start-up’s environment and believe their goal is realistic as it requires only a small financial push to have a large social impact. The team’s activity in this project started on a local basis, but their vision is global. They have developed a duplication plan named JADDIT in which they will copy POMM’it’s model to other regions in Morocco with different under-exploited natural resources to create job opportunities for marginalized women. In May 2019, the team plans to begin a partnership with an existing cooperative in Imilchil for the first duplication of POMM’it. They are also planning field trips to other regions in the Middle Atlas of Morocco to identify another under-utilized resource and launch a new brand.
Durban University of Technology
The Khotsiza Pig Farming project was established after the Enactus DUT team recognized the passion for agriculture possessed by the Noodsberg community. The project is located at a local pig farm and market garden. The Enactus DUT team conducted a needs assessment and found four pig farmers in the area, however, they could not meet the high demand of pork due to the high cost of pig feed. This burden of pig feed caused them to feed their pigs “nik naks chips” as an alternative to proper pig feed. As a result, the pigs were not producing quality pork. Enactus DUT intervened by using a recycling solution. Their engagement with various hotels in Durban allowed them to see that food waste is rampant, particularly in hotels and eateries. To help solve the problem, the team partnered with Red Lands Hotels based in Pietermaritzburg, to supply pig farms with waste food, which can be used to supplement the pig feed. Fruits, vegetables and bread are fed to breeding pigs while the remainder of the food is mixed with pig manure to produce organic fertilizer for the crops, thus creating a sustainable cycle of recycling. The team is empowering the project participants by helping them gain relevant skills and information such as recycling food waste, creating a reliable value chain, improving the quality of pork and increasing the number of pig farmers that will allow them to improve their farming methods.
University of Cape Town
After three years of drought, Cape Town is poised to be the first metropolis to run out of water. The Imvotho project aims to respond to this water crisis through a dual approach, both to water supply and consumption. The University of Cape Town Enactus team is creating a new water supply channel through an innovative, sustainable, simple and cost-effective technology: fog catchers. Based on the expertise of Grant Vanderwagen from H2O catchers, the team began by attempting to implementing three nets in the Erf81 community. However, during Cycle 5, Erf81 was closed off from activity by local law enforcement. As a result, weekly market, that bought in income for the residents has been closed. For the health of the project, the team decided to relocate. Investigations and studies are underway to find a new project site. Nevertheless, project participants were still empowered by increased water supply. Local volunteers helped the team construct a ferro-cement tank prototype on an area farm. The tank has a volume of 5,000 liters that takes four to five days to reach full capacity during the rainy season. The estimated water use of the farm was estimated at 1,000 liters. This means that there is a surplus of at least 4,000 liters per month that can be used for community activities.
University of Fort Hare
The goal of the Purifier project is to recycle grey water for domestic use. Students at the University of Fort Hare and the residents of Alice produce a lot of grey water, which is thrown out. Due to this, a significant amount of water is wasted, and the municipality struggles to provide clean water, resulting in water rationing. The Enactus team observed this problem and saw an opportunity to save lives and make a profit. They developed an innovative design using natural and abundant resources such as gravel, sand and activated charcoal to purifier grey water into reusable water. Since the start of the project, several trials have been conducted by the Enactus team and project to make the purification system efficient. Encouraged by the members of the community, the team selected car washes and hair salons as starting points for their implementation stage. Since both car washes and salons are working businesses, the team is developing a ready, working prototype before conducting tests prevent any interruptions in the business flow. Additionally, the team is raising awareness in the community about the water crisis with hopes of making more partnerships.
University of Pretoria
The Patio Pallet project deals with the issue of food security through agricultural and horticultural skill development, along with entrepreneurial action. This is accomplished by building vertical farming models to grow and sell produce to the community. The Enactus team identified that the most urgent need the community faces is the lack of nearby, affordable food. These vertical farming models accomplish this because there is no need to travel long distances to purchase produce. By engaging in agricultural practices, community members can contribute to the Tshwane Municipalities’ goals of local economic development, economic transformation, stimulating the rural and agricultural economy and poverty reduction. The team’s key focus area is maintaining good relations with their community, by engaging in community development programs that educate their community members in water conservation, home farming, and organic farming. The team has built relationships with proactive beneficiaries who have gained business and financial management skills through the project. At this stage, the project is viable with proven demand and the beneficiaries have the capacity to capitalize on the market demand and further increase the reach and market for the vertical farming models.
University of East Anglia
Pawject Project helps homeless people integrate into society by giving them employment opportunities through the manufacturing of dog beds. To build a sustainable community project, the Enactus team partnered with Norfolk Industries, a recycling center that manufactures pet bedding and Under-1-Roof, an organization that provides support for homeless and unemployed individuals by developing their skills, experience and employment, enabling progress. Currently, the Enactus team is in discussion with Under-1-Roof to hold a second sewing workshop with vulnerable adults. The project meets urgent and unmet needs in the community through the skills transferred, which includes being boosting motivation and gaining soft skills. The team’s partnership with Under 1 Roof has been stable and they are well into the planning stages with learning the trade and liaising with the organization to execute this business plan smoothly. The next project steps include a knitting training, maximizing the output with the available budget and impacting three beneficiaries. The team is also reaching out to UEA’s Knitting Society to scheduling a workshop to provide the necessary training to ensure the team is knowledgeable prior to their workshop with the beneficiaries. With the action plan in mind, the team is ensuring that the project is kept on schedule.
University of Kent
EcoFeast focuses on building sustainable communities by tackling issues such as social isolation, community integration and food waste through a cooking course. After looking into the activities available for the elderly community in Canterbury, the team found little that provided a weekly interaction or opportunities to expand their ties with the local community. Through the cooking course, the elderly can obtain weekly interactions while being able to impart their knowledge onto the younger generations. EcoFeast currently meets two urgent community needs. First, it is reducing the social isolation faced by some members of the retiree community by integrating them with the young generation, allowing them to share their cooking knowledge. Second, it is teaching children a life skill (cooking), which students often find they lack upon leaving their homes to go to university. The project also tackles food waste by introducing surplus food (from supermarkets and alternative sources) as the main ingredients, to show the younger generations the possibilities of using leftover ingredients. The project has enhanced the beneficiaries’ understanding of the importance of reducing food waste and has demonstrated to them that they have the ability to make a difference in this reduction. The elderly participants have been able to be fulfilled through the transfer of skills and knowledge to the younger generation in addition to improving their social lives.
University of Nottingham
CodeX teaches young people on the autism spectrum to program and introduces them to the tech industry through the Enactus team’s network of businesses within Nottingham. The team provides a ten-week coding course, work experience with employment support, and advice from local tech businesses. The course is split into 6 weeks of programming and 4 weeks of employability workshops (including industry talks and CV workshops). The course is taught by trained and paid students from the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. The project’s work experience opportunities are provided by the team’s network of business partners, e.g. Experian, Nottingham City Council, SecurITism. Through CodeX, the team is tackling the serious and overlooked lack of social mobility in today’s society. Only 16% of people on the autism spectrum have full-time, paid employment in the UK. Many employers are looking to employ people who can code; however, many applicants are not qualified. As the Enactus team scales the project, the target audience will expand to girls ages 11-16 in private schools with an interest in technology. Private schools will be targeted for this stage since a higher fee will be charged for the training. As a result, the team will be able to cross-subsidize the current program for children with autism in state schools, who are unable to finance the program without the lower prices.
Cycle Four Projects
Brazil University of Santa Catarina State, Science Center of Administration and Socioeconomics (ESAG UDESC)
The Enactus team at the University of Santa Catarina State is working to promote economic development and the preservation of coastal mangroves through the sustainable practice of apiculture, or beekeeping. The Arapuã project provides training in apiculture to isolated, low-income families in the coastal communities. They are also taught to produce products from their honey that can be sold for profit. So far, four training courses have been conducted and the team is providing business and management support. The aim is for the project to become sustainable, where the participants manage production, the selling process and their profits successfully.
Federal University of ABC (UFABC)
The goal of the AlfaTech project is to eradicate illiteracy in Brazil by empowering children through technology. The Enactus team at UFABC is developing software to help teach elementary school children basic reading skills through interactive games. Through a partnership with Santo André City Hall, the Alfatech software has been disseminated to three public schools, where the teachers are using the program in their classrooms to help raise literacy rates.
Alfatech implements teaching through technology, which compliments the current teaching methods employed in public schools. The software activities help students who are having difficulty learning the alphabet while increasing their interests in the classroom. So far, 137 children have been impacted by the project.
Federal Institute of Education, Sciences and Technology of Ceara (IFCE Iguatu)
Project Mudas was started to ensure sustainable production and income for family farmers. The Enactus team at IFCE Iguatu developed lectures and courses on fruit and vegetable production, as well as entrepreneurship, waste reduction, technology, and other topics. Today, the community is producing and marketing sustainable products thanks to what they have learned through diverse activities. This year, the project focused on reducing wastewater to optimize production through a micro-sprinkler irrigation system. The new technology is affordable and has helped combat drought in the region. It has also generated economic empowerment for 25 families and five schools have benefitted from the project.
Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA)
The Solaris project uses solar energy as an alternative to electrical power in underdeveloped communities. The ITA Enactus team is working with community leaders to fabricate and implement locally produced solar panels to meet the community’s energy demands. These solar panels not only provide clean energy but also help create a self-sustainable community and improve the lives of the residents. This year, the team worked with the Beira Rio community to create a school powered by a photovoltaic system. The school was built in partnership with a local church, ITA students and community residents. The team plans for it to serve as the center for their future actions in the community by holding workshops on arts, robotics and solar energy there.
RWTH Aachen Enactus developed project AmaPro to provide affordable prosthesis products using 3-D printers. After developing and testing their first prostheses locally, the team started a pilot project in Casablanca, Morocco where the demand for low-cost prostheses is high. In Cycle Four, team-members traveled to Casablanca for a second time to support the community based entrepreneurial partner by teaching him how to produce the prostheses. While a realistic-looking optical prosthesis is now completely developed, creating a realistic-looking, functional prosthesis has proved to be more complex and difficult than expected. Additionally, the 3-D printer, which should have been installed in Casablanca in March 2017, was not delivered until the end of the second visit, so the team’s original schedule was not met. Instead of having the project already implemented, they created a new schedule, which includes completing the implementation of this project in December 2017 during their third visit. In Aachen, the team acquired new potential business partners and prosthesis experts, to improve the technical aspect of their project. They also advertised the project at fairs and university events.
Technical University of Munich
The Enactus team at the Technical University of Munich is training Syrian refugees to handle bees and produce honey to address two problems – the slow integration of refugees into the community and the danger posed to bees by colony collapse. The project is helping beekeepers by recruiting an excited and prepared workforce while also helping the refugees adjust to work and social life in their new home of Germany by teaching them about honey and bee cultivation. To generate profit, the students and refugees are teaming up with Freudenberg Chemical Specialties to place their operations on the rooftops of their office. Refugees will produce, package and sell the created product directly back to the company. This year, the team purchased three beehives and later bought additional ones. They are currently looking to expand to two or three more partner companies. This would allow the team to employ more refugees, offering them a chance of being part of the project and increase the number of bees.
University of Cologne
Enactus University of Cologne has created an event agency called “Café without Words” to provide deaf people with an opportunity to enter the labor market and to offer a platform to improve their integration into society. Through their project, the team collaborates with people from the deaf community to organize inclusive events at restaurants. During the events, deaf waiters help customers use menu cards with sign language and lead activities to enhance interaction between hearing and deaf guests. In Cycle Four, the project saw increased booking requests and applications. To fulfill these needs sustainably, the team decided to turn the project into a social enterprise. Two former team members and business students are now executing a nationwide expansion of CoW. They have already won several start-up competitions in the last few months and CoW was accepted for a prestigious start-up accelerator program. Additionally, the project was selected for a TV documentary about social start-ups by WDR, West German Broadcasting Cologne.
Catholic University College of Ghana
The Prison Made project by Enactus CUCG aims to provide an economically sustainable venture and improved living conditions that will aid in the rehabilitation of Sunyani Prison inmates. Through the project, inmates learn how to produce leather slippers and sandals, while acquiring entrepreneurial skills they can use upon their release. Funding from Ford C3 has allowed the team to provide an instructor and purchase the necessary tools and equipment to facilitate and enhance the training. This year, the team was able to create interpersonal relationships with the inmates, which fostered their learning and made them enthusiastic about the project. Overall, 42 people were directly impacted and 22 inmates were educated on financial literacy.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (KNUST)
Enactus KNUST started the Bidigreen project as a way to create a more efficient and sustainable method for producing charcoal, reduce deforestation, as well as train, employ and empower people toward economic sustainability. Bidigreen is a sustainable alternative to hardwood charcoal produced from crop waste. It is similar to wood charcoal in appearance, but can burn two to three times longer and is smokeless. The team identified a community where a significant number of women were unemployed, but there are also food operators that could supply the raw materials. The business approach is to have a low production cost that enables selling on the market at a significantly cheaper price than charcoal briquettes. The team achieved this by incurring little to no cost for obtaining raw materials.
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science & Technology
This water and sanitation project focuses on the provision of clean and safe, sustainable water to the community of Bondo. Through their project, Enactus JOOUST hopes to prevent water-borne illnesses, improve the land through irrigation, reduce water losses, improve efficiency in water facilities, and end the discharge of untreated wastewater in the community. The Yala River was selected as the water source because if appropriate herding practices are employed and the locals are educated on correct water management and conservation practices, the river will remain a sustainable source. The construction of a reservoir, water treatment plant, generator house, piping and a water tank has already been completed. The team recognizes that not all the problems in the community will be solved by the availability of water; however, they see their project as a chance to make a positive impact on society. To date, 200 households have improved access to clean drinking water and water-related diseases in the community have been reduced by 60%.
In 2014, Enactus Maseno identified the need for reliable electricity in their community. To meet this need, they developed a self-sufficient generator made form discarded electronic devices that produces green energy without the use of fuel or any other source of energy. The students plan to use the generators in rural schools as an alternative electrical energy source, which is needed due to inconsistent power supplies and the high cost of connecting to the national grid. To further the project, the team has plans to lease the generators through their community-based organization partner, Genesis, with 37% of the rental cost coming back to the project.
University of Eldoret
Poultry farming plays an important role in the economy of Kenya. As a result, the Enactus students at the University of Eldoret identified chicken feathers as a rapidly increasing source of waste. They devised a plan to turn the feathers into a raw material that could be used as insulation for sleeping bags. The feathers work by trapping a layer of dead air around the body to keep the user warm and reduce body heat loss. These sleeping bags not only reduce waste but also provide new job opportunities for women and youth groups in the community. The team aims to make the bags affordable and readily available for camping, traveling and home use. Working closely with members from the schools of Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Fashion and Design, the team has been able to establish good designs, lay down tactical sales strategies and manage the project as a sustainable business.
National School of Commerce and Management, ENCG Casablanca
Morocco, as a developing country, still struggles with water distribution. The Enactus team found that an estimated 3.5 million people lacked access to clean drinking water in 2016. Aquaclean is a project consisting of the manufacture and marketing of bio-sand filters for the treatment of wastewater for reuse in irrigation, domestic use and drinking water. This filter is made of natural and biodegradable materials and can destroy up to 99% of pathogens. It consists of two layers of gravel, one for drainage and the other for separation, as well as a large layer of sand that allows a water purification that is both healthy and economical.
National School of Sciences of Khouribga
Project ArgoDome produces and markets tents that provide farmers with a storage space that extends the life of their harvests. The Enactus team’s innovative technology is based on conserving moisture in vegetables and fruits. It keeps the cell structure of recently harvest fruits and vegetables intact by preventing dehydration through the creation of a saturated humidity inside the tent. Ethylene production is also eliminated, which is the ripening hormone of fruits and vegetables. Agrodome is an effective asset that allows farmers to store their harvests under better conditions, thus maximizing profit by reducing losses.
Faculty of Science and Technics of Tangier
The Enactus team of engineering students, in partnership with the Namae Association, are working on a solution to the excessive use of wood in the community of Farran Ali. Their project is a social enterprise that aims to protect natural resources by developing a solid biofuel from sawdust, coffee grounds and olive pomace. These materials are all found easily and at low costs. The resulting product is characterized by high energy content and low greenhouse gas emissions. The team plans to create 10 jobs in the first year and in the long term, they plan to expand the project into other parts of the country.
Faculty of Science, of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of Ibnou Tofail
The Nutringa project promotes the cultivation of moringa through permaculture techniques. Moringa is a plant that can both provide several nutrients and stabilize glycemia. More than one million Moroccans are diabetic and dependent on insulin, so the Enactus team recognized the need for an affordable solution. The project provides two products; a food supplement and a herbal tea that stabilizes blood sugar. After the registration of the NUTRINGA company, team members will be working in three main departments; farming, production/packaging and marketing/sales. Additionally, the team has partnered with an investor to create three stable job opportunities and 20 more seasonal positions.
Durban University of Technology
The Enactus team partnered with Melokuhle Women’s Cooperative, an organization dedicated to empowering women in poverty. Their project, Chibini Linen, was developed to provide a sustainable source of income for women in the rural community of Chibini by building on the sewing skills they already had and utilizing recycled linen from area hotels. The linen is used to create affordable school uniforms for local students, tote bags and mats. The Enactus team worked with the department of interior design within their institution to develop the necessary skills to expand their range of products to include hand-painted chandeliers and lamps. Faculty from the management sciences program will also work with the project beneficiaries to ensure the sustainability of their new businesses. Thanks to the project, the women of the Melokuhle co-op are now independent members of the community with a consistent source of income that can supply the needs of the family. The project beneficiaries have increased from 10 to 17 as more women join to improve their livelihoods.
Mangosuthu University of Technology
Enactus Mangosuthu University of Technology developed the Ash of the Nation project to create jobs and safe homes for the Umlazi community. The team is working off an existing initiative of creating fly ash bricks as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional building materials. These bricks are made from recycled materials found in foamed concrete, or Fly Ash, and Polyethylene Terephthalate. The production of these bricks will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and encourage the reuse of resources while also creating jobs within the community by teaching the specialized skill of making fly ash brick. By partnering with the Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement, the team will then use these bricks to build safer and more dignified homes for community members residing in informal settlements.
University of Pretoria
Enactus University of Pretoria Enactus designed their project, Fruitful Living, to combat both food waste and hunger in the Vastfontein community. By partnering with Vastfontein Community Transformation, they are creating jobs for women in a community where unemployment tops 60 percent. Fruitful Living provides an outlet for the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market to divert its food waste, which has been valued at R100 million per annum. The produce is then either dried or preserved to give it a new life. Members of the team worked with engineering faculty at their institution to develop solar dehydrators which will improve the preservation process of their produce. Project beneficiaries have learned to make jams, chili sauces, atchaar and lemon cordials. The team has equipped them with small scale food production skills such as bottling and budgeting skills, which are essential in running the preserves business.
University of Witwatersrand
Enactus University of Witwatersrand is implementing the Sugar Honey Project to create hair and skincare products using raw honey, which will provide job opportunities for unemployed rural women and youth. The project is aimed towards being environmentally friendly in their agricultural practices, which will help increase the sustainability of the project. The team will work with the women and youth to brand, market, package, store and deliver their products to customers. The team is currently working with Nthabiseng, a honey farmer based in Slovoville who makes cosmetics using raw honey. The team has been involved in the expansion, marketing and branding of her products. The team is planning to conduct workshops to teach her basic business skills and bookkeeping. They will also help her establish an online store and help her design a logo for her products.
University of Bedfordshire
The town of Luton, where Rewriting Fate operates, is one of the most multicultural and diverse parts of the UK. Many of the recent migrants from Europe and beyond lack functional English skills, making their working lives disadvantaged and difficult. The innovative approach of Rewriting Fate is that it offers unique English classes whereby the initial phase happens in a bilingual environment. Benefitting from their diverse team background, University of Bedfordshire Enactus pairs its international students with beneficiaries who share their native language. Alongside this, Rewriting Fate also provides employability and computer skills sessions on a case by case basis according to individual developmental goals. This usually includes; CV building skills, interview techniques and training in Microsoft Office. The project is currently in the process of developing into a social enterprise and has been selected by Enactus UK to take part in the Social Innovation Series, where support and guidance are provided. To ensure high-quality training is delivered, Rewriting Fate partners with a community-based organization, Luton Adult Learning.
University of Edinburgh
Enactus students at the University of Edinburgh developed Slurp to help address the high rate of youth homelessness in their community. Slurp runs soup stalls on their university campus to help disadvantaged youth learn job skills such as cooking, customer service and accounting. They also receive a small stipend and free lunch each day the work at the stall. The needs of the youth were identified through a partnership with a local homeless charity, which found residents most desired relevant business skills to them gain full-time employment. In addition to being able to measure the project’s outcomes by the number of youth who find employment, there is an immeasurable outcome of the impact these individuals will have in their society because of the opportunity given through Slurp.
University of Sheffield
Global Roots is an aquaponics project based in northeast Tanzania. The University of Sheffield Enactus trains and educates local entrepreneurs to build aquaponics systems so that they can grow and sell their own produce. Many people in the rural communities need a stable income and Global Roots gives beneficiaries a chance to learn new skills and sustainably develop their own enterprises. This year, the Enactus team traveled to Tanzania and visited numerous NGOs and experts in agriculture who provided tips and advice on how to build the aquaponic systems. The initial trip was a success, with the team identifying a project partner to help run the business, a local farmer with expertise in building aquaponics systems and an institution with the land and structure to trial the first system (a school based in the Moshi region, Kilimanjaro). Ten potential entrepreneurs of a local women’s group were also identified. The next step is for members of Enactus Sheffield to return to Tanzania to train the entrepreneurs to source materials and build the systems.
Cycle Three Projects
Lutheran University of Brazil
The Enactus team from Lutheran University of Brazil will partner with a local church to build mobile, floating vegetable gardens supported by recycled plastic bottles with eight households along the Amazon River. The team named their efforts “Project H₂ORTA,” inspired by the chemistry representation of water, H₂O, and the Portuguese word for vegetable garden, “Horta.” In addition to leveraging recycled materials, Project H₂ORTA will create a system of water treatment and reuse to facilitate irrigation in the vegetable gardens during the river’s dry season. Community members will be trained by the team to manage the eco-friendly gardens and sell the produce in local markets, resulting in a positive impact on the environment and economy.
State University of São Paulo – Faculty of Science and Letters (UNESP Assis)
The Enactus team is working with the Rural Producers Association of Assis, representing 200 family farmers, to advance environmental and agricultural sustainability by constructing a biodigester to produce fertilizer. The fertilizer generated by the biodigester will reduce the chemical fertilizers used by farmers and improve the production and quality of foods while decreasing expenses. The biodigester can also produce bio gas as an alternative energy source and generate carbon credits. In addition to the positive environmental impacts generated, the farmers producing the eco-friendly fertilizer will benefit from selling their product to other farmers for an additional source of income.
UFABC – Federal University of ABC
Partnering with an organization that assists mental health patients and fosters social reintegration, the Enactus team established a cooperative to provide job opportunities by creating and selling products made from recyclable materials. The project’s core products are soaps made with used cooking oil from local restaurants, wood crafts made from waste from construction sites, bags made from discarded banners and plants cultivated from discarded seedlings. The ultimate goal of the project is to address employment and inclusion challenges faced by those with mental illness, empowering clients to learn a new skill set and earn an income while building their confidence.
UFRA – Federal Rural University of Amazon
The Enactus team is partnering with members of a recycling cooperative to improve their livelihoods by advancing the environmental and financial sustainability of their business. After performing a needs assessment, the team discovered that wood pallets are one of the cooperative’s least profitable materials. Typically, wood pallets are given to bakeries for burning in furnaces in exchange for bread. The team’s project creates a new income stream for pallets by training collectors how to transform the wood into furniture and décor. Ultimately, the team envisions the creation of a new business, including an e-commerce site, completely managed by the cooperative members.
The team’s project, reBubble, aims to significantly and sustainably reduce the amount of soap waste produced by hotels. The team will create a self-sustaining enterprise that collects and recycles discarded soap at no cost to the participating hotels while still generating a profit and creating jobs. The project will collaborate with an organization that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities to generate further employment through the soap recycling process. The clients of the organization benefit from a sense of achievement as they create their products from start to finish and generate their own income.
University of Technology Bergakademie Freiberg
The Enactus team is collaborating with several partners, including a trade association, city management and local businesses to create “FreibergCARD.” This project aims to revitalize local businesses by increasing their visibility through improved marketing and creating a customer loyalty program that rewards customers with points for shopping with any of the participating businesses. These points will then be exchanged for specified goods or services. Ultimately, the team’s project aims to foster customer loyalty, increase sales and improve the livelihoods of business owners in Freiberg.
Catholic University College of Ghana
Working in Sunyani, a regional capital in Ghana, the Enactus team is partnering with the Centre for Social Innovation to revitalize an abandoned public space and bring recreational opportunities to the local community. The team’s project aims to revive the area’s park and gardens, children’s library and recreational center. Through the new space, the team plans to not only host educational opportunities for children, outdoor events, health clubs, and more, but also provide employment and income-generating opportunities for the community.
Valley View University
The Enactus team will implement a water purification project to bring safe drinking water to the rural community of Nsakye. The team plans to construct two new boreholes with a treatment and distribution system while also directing existing stream water into a storage tank for its own purification and distribution. A local water consultancy firm has agreed to help train community members how to operate and maintain the water treatment systems to ensure long-term functioning. Furthermore, the team will also educate farmers on environmentally-friendly agricultural practices to further improve their incomes and the local environment.
University of Eldoret
An estimated 30% of food produced by farmers goes to waste due to inadequate storage. The Enactus team seeks to reduce food waste and protect the income of farmers by designing and building solar powered cold rooms to provide an affordable storage solution. The team’s design includes low cost materials and sensor-based technology that can monitor the storage environment and alert users via SMS to changes in temperature and humidity. Farmers can subscribe to the cold room at daily, weekly or monthly rates, allowing farmers to store their food year-round at an affordable price. The team estimates that the project will breakeven in less than three months, considering costs including construction, supervision, maintenance and cleaning.
University of Nairobi
The Enactus team will partner with local rehabilitation centers that serve “street children”—children who are forced to live and work on the streets. The aim of the project is to create handicrafts, such as wall hangings, handbags, clothes and jewelry, using mostly recycled material that can sell with generous profits to financially support rehabilitation efforts while providing a creative outlet for the participating youth. The team will train caregivers and youth while engaging in mentorship and follow up programs with the youth to provide stability and reduce the risk of the children returning to the streets. Ultimately, the team aims to impact more than 300 youth and provide a financially stable, eco-friendly solution to sustainably support the work of Nairobi’s rehabilitation centers.
Faculty of Technology of Mohammedia
The Enactus team developed a concept to recycle plant-based waste into fire briquettes. This new accelerant will emit less CO2 and will be less expensive compared to wood and coal. The team will utilize readily available green waste such as nutshells, peels and olive pomace to create the briquettes. These briquettes will bring an environmentally-friendly heating source for low-income families in rural areas. The team aims to turn their solution into a social enterprise by hiring unemployed individuals to produce and sell the briquettes while improving their livelihoods.
Higher Instituer of Commerce and Business Administration
The Enactus team at Higher Instituer of Commerce and Business Administration launched their “Imprinted” project to develop a bracelet that utilizes GPS technology to help families monitor their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s and related diseases. This technology will improve the health and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s by enabling family members to find their location should they wander away on their own. The bracelet is water-resistant and equipped with an alarm that is triggered when the user crosses a specific geographic limit. Linked to a mobile application, the device allows the families to quickly locate their loved ones. Imprinted will also provide training and job opportunities for unemployed individuals who will manufacture the bracelets to support their own livelihoods.
Horticultural Complex of Agadir
The Enactus team saw an opportunity to repurpose horse waste in their area by transforming waste into vermicompost. The team will empower low-income carriage drivers to produce organic fertilizer and earthworms that can be sold to area farmers, benefiting both target groups. Carriage drivers, who average only $130 in monthly income, can earn an additional $240 each month by selling their organic products. In turn, farmers will benefit with new access to affordable, organic fertilizer, which improves soil quality and increases water retention by 300%.
National School of Applied Science (ENSA Agadir)
The Enactus team created an innovative project, SolHeat, to heat water using solar energy. The team aims to meet the urgent need of rural residents who struggle to access hot water. With expensive gas and electric water heaters being out of reach, residents often burn wood to heat their water, causing air pollution and health dangers. The team designed a simple apparatus using mirrors, copper pipes, insulation and other materials to convert solar energy into thermal energy to produce hot water. Residents will be trained to produce and sell the product to generate income while providing an affordable means for hot water in their community.
Durban University of Technology
Durban University of Technology Enactus partnered with Vukuzame Self Help Disability Cooperative to empower its members to grow and sell seedlings. The team’s business model will not only provide income for disabled entrepreneurs, but also address food insecurity, which has been exacerbated by drought and water shortages. The cooperative aims to grow horticultural products like tomatoes in green house tunnels with drip irrigation, which will allow for the production of crops year-round. The team also aims to create a simple solar-powered cooling system to minimize losses in their produce post-harvest.
North-West University Potchefstroom
North-West University Potchefstroom Enactus partnered with a local senior center to empower residents to earn additional income by producing and selling recycled soap. The team found a steady supply of ingredients in local hotels that contribute discarded soap to the venture. The soap is then processed to be recycled into a safe, affordable product that can be used for household and industrial use. The team will equip the senior center with the skills needed to sustainably manage the business, including areas such as budgeting, sourcing and production. The ultimate goal of the project is to not only provide income for the soap producers, but also create affordable sanitation products for the local community.
Tshwane University of Technology
Tshwane University of Technology Enactus is working with a small community in the Northwest Province to generate economic opportunity through sustainable agriculture. Through their “Agropolis” project, the team aims to develop up to 200 hectares of farmland. Using modern farming practices, drip irrigation and clean technology, farmers will be able to cultivate crops such as cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, sorghum and sunflowers. The team’s business model for the farm also includes the production of organic fertilizer and biofuels to provide sustainable energy.
University of Pretoria
University of Pretoria Enactus is working to improve access to home lighting, which is deterred by lack of electricity in many informal settlements across South Africa. The team designed a fully-automated solar light that costs only R120, compared to the R900 – R1,000 that a household spends on candles each year. The light uses a lithium-ion battery, which can provide high-intensity light for four hours and low-intensity light for up to 12 hours. To bring affordable light and employment opportunities in a local community, the team’s venture will employ entrepreneurs who will learn how to manufacture and sell the products.
Vaal University of Technology
Working with a local agricultural cooperative, the Enactus team at Vaal University of Technology is equipping farmers with skillsets, modern practices and new technologies to improve their livelihoods. To build the farmers’ acumen, the team will provide workshops on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, financing, modern farming, forecasting and technology. The team will also help the farmers incorporate climate control technology to enable the cooperative to produce in the winter months for steady income throughout the year.
Nottingham Trent University
The Enactus team is creating a vertical farming business in partnership with The Refugee Forum, an organization dedicated to supporting refugees as they rebuild their lives and integrate into society. Through vertical farming, the team’s SEED project seeks to address urgent needs of local refugees, including lack of nutritious food, income, education and integration. Project SEED not only creates a social enterprise in which nutritious produce is harvested and sold as a means of income, it also creates a social space for the community. Language classes and culinary workshops will be held to provide training for refugees seeking employment in the food industry. In addition, community and social eating events will be hosted, using the produce harvested, to aid social integration.
University of Kent
Through Project Cantuta, the Enactus team is empowering 26 elderly beneficiaries in a remote South Eastern region of Peru. The team’s project creates a soap enterprise that incorporates naturally sourced honey. By partnering with a local healthcare center, the enterprise will provide an economically-priced soap for the community in need of affordable hygienic products. An upmarket soap will also be produced for tourists and restaurants for an additional revenue stream. Local participants will be involved in all areas of the business, from harvesting the honey, to preparing the soap, to packaging the product. Ultimately, the team aims to create a self-sustaining soap enterprise that incorporates 150 locals in the next three years.
Cycle Two Projects
Federal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (CEFET/RJ)
Continuing from last year’s Ford C3 program, the Enactus team has partnered with the Pedra Branca Organic Farming Association (Agroprata) to empower communities of organic producers by creating technological and creative alternatives to optimize production processes and minimize waste. In the first year, the team aided the association in creating a new product line and increasing overall sales.
This year, the team plans to develop a two-part system to optimize workflow and reduce waste. To do so, a zip line will be installed to improve the flow of harvesting fruit, eliminate the use of donkeys as transportation and decrease soil compaction. The second development will be installing solar panels on the association’s headquarters and at locations that do not have electricity. The solar panels will increase efficiency and are projected to save the association 50% on electricity costs.
University of Sao Paulo – Campus São Carlos (USP São Carlos)
The Santa Helena settlement near São Carlos is home to 14 farming families in need of more sustainable agriculture methods and increased livelihoods. The Enactus team is working with the families to improve the crops of legumes, fruits and vegetables grown and sold to feed and financially support the community.
The team created a plan to use biofertilizer on the soil, install a water dump, irrigation system and home chlorination system and teach the farmers business and marketing skills. Through the project, the farming families will see an increase in crop yields and sales while improving their health as a result of cleaner drinking water.
Guangdong Pharmaceutical University
The Enactus team has been working with pig farmers to improve their livelihoods by transforming pig waste into organic fertilizer. The farmers were taught how to ferment the pig waste and convert it into fertilizer so they can sell it to wholesalers. In the project’s first year, the farmers’ income grew and they were able to then hire more employees. In the upcoming academic year, the team will continue the project and take it to scale to impact additional farmers.
Huazhong Agricultural University
Peanut farmers in Shangxinji, China needed to find a sustainable use for discarded peanut shells. After conducting research on waste and fungi, the Enactus team created a solution to utilize discarded peanut shells to grow fungi that can be used to produce earthworms. The peanut farmers can then sell the earthworms for additional income to fishermen. As a result, fishermen will have an affordable, local source of earthworms, the livelihoods of the peanut farmers will be improved and waste will be reduced.
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Engineering students on the Enactus team have developed a low-cost and easily-assembled water filter, which will meet the need for clean water in the Shan’xi province. The team has developed a social enterprise that will train entrepreneurs to assemble and sell water filters for a reliable source of income. The team’s water filter has been certified to produce healthy and safe drinking water. The ultimate goal is to not only lift people out of poverty through entrepreneurship, but also provide affordable, clean drinking water for people in need.
In 2013 dairy farmers in Tianjin saw increased competition in milk production; some so severe that they were forced into bankruptcy. The Enactus team researched a solution to help the farmers diversify their income and found opportunity in breeding earthworms. A cooperative was established with multiple farmers to produce and sell the earthworms, securing formalized agreements with large-scale buyers. The team developed leadership training for the cooperative to easily educate incoming farmers. New communities will be added to the project in the upcoming academic year.
Zhongyuan University of Technology
The Enactus team developed a multistage project to address the excess kitchen and animal waste in Zhengzhou communities. The team will help area farmers establish an earthworm cooperative to mass produce and sell the product as organic fertilizer. The team will educate the community members on the benefits of farming earthworms and help the cooperative establish optimum farming methods. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of the farmers, reduce waste and create an organic fertilizer for local grape farmers.
University of Energy and Natural Resources
The Enactus team saw the need in their country to create an alternative energy source to offset the high-demand of electricity. To do so, the team will create The Dynamo, a generator that will store energy produced in everyday tasks, such as riding a bike, to be taken indoors and used to subsidize electricity use.
The team’s engineering students will design The Dynamo and then employ local disadvantaged and/or disabled residents to manufacture and sell the product. This project ultimately aims to reduce the load on the electrical grid across Ghana while creating employment for those in need.
The Enactus team saw the need to strengthen a cooperative of female poultry farmers in poor, rural Homabay County, Kenya. In 2006 the group of 20 poultry farmers formed a cooperative to assist each other to improve the area’s livelihood. Even with the creation of cooperative, the women still struggle to make a profit.
To assist, the Enactus team has created a training program to educate on business planning, managerial skills, budgeting, marketing, pricing, sales and accounting. The team has also created a five-year expansion plan and researched the best breed of chicken will yield higher market value. The project will train the 20 women of the cooperative on business skills and better agricultural methods, which will result in higher egg and meat production, increased knowledge of the women and an overall livelihood improvement for the Homabay community.
The need of sanitation facilities, waste management, alternative energy, water access and security is very high in the Talai Centre in Eldoret, Kenya. The Enactus team created a multiphase project to address these issues. The first phase will begin with digging a well and building a two-toilet structure. The structure will be built using recycled paper, cement and sand on a 1:2:2 ratio. Phase two consists of using human waste to create a bio-gas that can be used for cooking and an alternative electricity source. During phase three, a borehole to the water well will be drilled and the bio-gas will used to power a water pump. Water will be sold to generate additional funds for the well. To improve safety in the area, security lights will be installed the Talai Centre. This project aims to generate an income in the area from the project’s activities while also increasing the livelihoods of the larger community.
Faculty of Technology of Mohammedia
The Enactus team saw the need in their area to have more efficient food storage, reduce diseases related to poor food preservation and reduce electricity consumption. To do so, the team created Ecoref, an all-natural, non-electric cooling pot that will preserve food 10 times longer than non-refrigeration. The team will engineer the product then hire local potters to mold the pots. This project aims to increase the income of the potters and improve the livelihoods of those who use Ecoref to preserve food and reduce diseases.
Faculty of Technology of Settat
The Enactus team saw the need of special needs teens in Settat, Morocco to join a community after aging out of the youth rehab centers and to earn an income. A cooperative was created to benefit the special needs teens and teach them to make furniture and décor from recycled plastic. Since February 2015, the project has a gained 20 special needs teens and will soon begin product sales, thereby providing a livelihood opportunity for the teens.
National School of Commerce and Management, Agadir – Ibn Zohr University
The Enactus team saw the need of rural residents to heat their homes. To solve the issue, the team created “Sun Can Heat,” a multipurpose solar heater made from soda cans, glass, clay, wood or polystyrene. The team has designed a prototype that requires no previous scientific experience to build, thereby allowing anyone to assemble a heater. This simple creation will increase the livelihoods of rural residents who previously had no heat.
National Institute Posts and Telecommunications (INPT)
Rowboat tourism is a historic and ancestral part of the local cultural, but is in great decline with the tour guides earning less than $2 per day. To aid the Flaykias (tour guides), the team created a three-part project. Part one connected each of the Flaykias to a business consultant who created a specialized plan for each participant. Part two created new services, such as longer promenades and onboard meals, which has already resulted in increased patrons and profits. Part three consists of creating a website and targeted advertisement. Since the project started in May 2014, the Flaykias have increased their individual income by 400%. This progress will grow with the implementation of part three of the project and will continue to improve the livelihoods of the Flaykias.
University of KwaZulu-Natal
The Enactus team saw the need to recycle and reuse the numerous, discarded wooden fright pallets in Warwick Junction and Rivertown, South Africa. To address this issue, the team has created “The Pallet Project” that will train area women on how to run their own pallet recycling businesses by upcycling the wood into tables. The aim of the project is to benefit the environment and community by recycling unwanted pallets and improve the livelihoods of the future female business owners.
University of Limpopo
The Enactus team is partnering with a local organic farm to improve its overall business function. The farm is in a village with a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, unemployment and child-headed households. To give back to the community, the farm has supplied a drop-in center with Moringa tree products, which are proven to improve the health of individuals with HIV/AIDS. However, the farm has suffered a downturn in business and production, and is no longer able to provide the products.
To improve the business, the team will help the farm secure contracts with the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development to sell Morgina tree products, hire local youth, increase products and marketing share and expand the facilities. As a result, not only will the farm be strengthened, but it can continue to provide vital products to people with HIV/AIDS.
University of Venda
The Enactus team saw opportunity to empower 20 women of the Mukondeni Pottery group to improve their production and sales of ceramic water filters and bring clean water to their communities. In collaboration with multiple corporations and development agencies, the team has created a complete business plan and training strategy to transfer the necessary skills and knowledge to the women. The benefits of this project are significant: providing much-needed clean water in South Africa, increasing the livelihoods of the pottery group and creating jobs for youth to assist in the water filter production.