She Inspires – University of Essex 

SEEING OPPORTUNITY

During their needs assessment, Enactus Essex found that according to The Anti Human Trafficking Unit in Ghana, 4 out of 114 trafficking cases reported in 2016 were sex-trafficking related. Furthermore, for victims of sex trafficking, the traumatic experience leaves a huge impact on their wellbeing, making them prone to severe psychological trauma, high levels of fear and isolation. The team worked towards building a strong rapport with their project partner and agreed to take on three beneficiaries, who were very much passionate about launching their own business within the beauty industry.

TAKING ACTION

Enactus Essex launched a programme which consisted of a series of workshops on business and soft skill development, leading to the team supporting the beneficiaries in launching their own beauty-related enterprise. In order to help support them in not only gaining an income to support their family but in supporting them to build key skills to run their own business with full confidence in their abilities,

Motiv8 – Hertfordshire University

SEEING OPPORTUNITY

During their research, Enactus Hertfordshire found that many young people wanted to learn other qualities and skills that schools did not teach in addition to them feeling they had no support or encouragement to follow their aspirations. The team conducted a further needs assessment, partnering with King Solomon High School in London with a group of four teachers and eight students. Feedback displayed that students find it difficult in keeping themselves motivated, realising their lack of social skills especially with owning electronic devices and active on countless social media platforms, many just desire opportunities to connect in real life situations. This highlighted that many of them were experiencing mental health-related challenges.

TAKING ACTION

Enactus Hertfordshire created a 5-week programme focused upon providing secondary students aged 13-16 with the motivation and life skills, aiming to lift their self-esteem, motivation, and confidence levels. Fundamentally, their main objectives are to facilitate, along with improving a student’s social skills and self-awareness capabilities. Essentially showing them how they have the ability to overcome challenges and achieve the ambitions they set in their lives.

Ecofeast – Kent University 

SEEING OPPORTUNITY

Enactus Kent found that that in Canterbury 1 in 5 people are over the age of 65 (Points from Canterbury City Council Customer and Community Profile), of which one of the highest causes of deaths is due to loneliness. After looking into the activities available for the elderly community in Canterbury, Enactus Kent found little that provided a weekly interaction or opportunities to expand their ties with the local community. generations. Through their research, they further discovered that the UK alone throws away over £13 billion of food a year, which, specifically Canterbury, among other cities, are now renewing their efforts to start reducing these figures, by increasing awareness of recycling in younger generations.

TAKING ACTION

EcoFeast consists of a holistic programme that involves a cookery course, which is aimed at tackling social isolation amongst the elderly and increasing communication between the older and younger generations, which is achieved by having cookery classes ran by the elderly. These classes would teach the younger generations how to cook more efficiently utilizing surplus ingredients so that the same principles of reducing food waste can later be passed on to the generations to come, and this awareness can have a positive impact on the environment.

Foodprint – Nottingham University

SEEING OPPORTUNITY

Over 30% of children in Nottingham live in food poverty. At the same time, 10 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in the UK with 60% of that food still edible.

TAKING ACTION

Foodprint is a social supermarket that collects food that would otherwise go to waste and sells it at affordable rates in Sneinton, Nottingham. For example, one loaf of bread costs just 15p in store. The store is open Friday – Monday and is managed by a team of student volunteers and local employees. The team has 11 continual food sources ranging from cafes, universities, and other supermarkets such as Waitrose.

Biosmart – University of Exeter 

SEEING OPPORTUNITY

In Kenya 64.6% of households use wood or charcoal to cook their food. These unsustainable fuel sources are bad for public health and have an environmental cost with Kenya losing 5.6 million trees daily due to the demand for firewood. The Biosmart Initiative was founded to spread the word of the positive impacts of Biochar; a cleaner alternative fuel source.

TAKING ACTION

In partnership with UK charity ‘Friends of Kadzinuni’ began creating a fuel cooperative empowering women in the community to take agricultural waste that was littering the town to make charcoal in the form of biochar.

45 women in Kadzinuni have been educated on the benefits of biochar and have been trained on how to turn waste into energy. Two furnace’ burns a day produce enough biochar for 2 families for a week. A week of production provides the weekly fuel for 100 people. In the future cooperative members will the mold the biochar into briquettes. These briquettes can then be sold at a reasonable but competitive price to households in Kadzinuni.

Sanitree – Edinburgh University 

SEEING OPPORTUNITY

In the town of Bhind, women are told that their periods mean they are being punished by God, that it is something unnatural, and something to be ashamed of. Thousands of women in Bhind cannot afford sanitary pads and have to resort to unhygienic practices such as using an old dirty cloth. The Mayor of the town approached our team, asking for help.

TAKING ACTION

This year Enactus Edinburgh have developed an innovative design for reusable sanitary pads. They have tested over 1000 pads in both locations and in our university. Based on customer feedback, they finalised their design. The pads are made of 6 layers of durable and highly absorbent material, in two sizes to suit different flows. They are sold in packs of 3 which can be washed and reused for 2 years.

This year Enactus Edinburgh has found 27 entrepreneurs who have been manufacturing and selling pads across multiple villages in India. Alongside this have been working to reduce the stigma around women’s periods by giving education sessions to community groups and schools.

Difference Enabled – Lancaster University 

SEEING OPPORTUNITY

70% of autistic adults are not getting the help from social services and only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment.

TAKING ACTION

At Enactus Lancaster they take action by providing hands-on work experience through a salad enterprise “ZEST”. Beneficiaries gain a food hygiene certificate whilst learning about how to prepare, market and sell salads on a weekly stall on campus,

This year Enactus Lancaster has worked with 2 beneficiaries on building their confidence and raising awareness around autism and other disabilities moving into employment