Brazil | In action since 2014
In a region where water scarcity is a critical issue, our Enactus students from Federal Institute of Ceará, Iguatu Campus, adopted a three-point approach to make a positive impact the lives of farmers with small holdings. The team developed a low-cost micro-sprinkler irrigation system to collect humidity and convert it to water, used to irrigate and make formerly arid land viable. Produce grown on this land then was sold at fairs promoted by the team and community. Team members also created brooding enclosures for poultry to help farmers nurture birds intended for sale at the market, diversifying the farmers’ income.
Impact(s): 4 new businesses; 15 families affected, with an average increase in income of 82 percent; 7 new crop varieties produced in the area; 3 new technologies
What’s next: To make the technology affordable and accessible to families who are lacking water resources elsewhere in the world.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Maria Eliane Holanda Coelho, MSc; Maria Núbia Lucena Gomes, MSc; Kelvio Felipe dos Santo, MSc
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
Becoming Champion of the fourth Nufarm Prize, Conscience and Ethics in the Agribusiness of 2016.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Optimizing the resources available to generate food for our beneficiaries.
Team described in one word:
The passion for the values of Enactus regional coordinators inspired Joice to join the Enactus club at her university. Three years later, she has become its Project Leader. “I was afraid to express myself, says Joice,” who anticipates graduating this year with a degree in irrigation and drainage technology. “Enactus afforded me [the opportunity]to lose all of my fears and enabled me to always try, and that’s what I’ve been doing.” Joice says she hopes to acquire knowledge of new cultures and experience the culture of each participating team at Enactus World Cup, where all participants are striving for the same goal: progress in communities.
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Three years ago, Kevin came to campus in search of personal and professional growth. He became involved with Enactus after encountering regional coordinators of Enactus Brazil who were promoting the program on campus. Today, one of his greatest successes with the team has been overcoming his greatest initial challenge. “I think I understood that I needed to get out of the comfort zone,” says Kevin, a chemistry major who plans to graduate in 2021. Enactus has shown me that I can go further, break down barriers and spread good deeds for our communities.”
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