• Federal Institute of Ceará, Iguatu Campus

    Brazil | In action since 2014

  • 21Students involved

  • 0Past WC appearances

Project Highlight:


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:


Team Profile:

Faculty advisor(s):
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:

Get to Know Us:

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.

More about Joice:

  • What I’m reading: “The Shack,” by Wm. Paul Young
  • Theme song: “Castle on the Hill,” by Ed Sheeran
  • Who inspires me: Her family
  • Best Enactus moment: “Our team being the National Champion of Brazil.”
  • In five years, I will be…”cropping the fruits [for which] I’ve planted the seeds.”

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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.”

More about Kevin:

  • What I’m reading: “Culture of Excellence
  • Theme song: “Trem Bala,” by Ana Vilela
  • Who inspires me: Kleber De Paulo
  • Enactus in one word: Collaboration.
  • Best Enactus moment: “Our team being National Champion of Brazil.”
  • In five years, I will be … “seeing the world use our irrigation system for safe and sustainable production.”

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