China | In action since 2003
On Dajisha Island, the Enactus team from Sun Yat-Sen University saw an opportunity to address two issues with one initiative: put to good use banana leaves, a waste product from banana growing, while providing an additional income opportunity to residents on the small island. After consulting with experts and researching established mushroom growing practices, the team put an experimental technique to the test with a small group of residents. Once they received a picture of the sprouting mushrooms, they knew they were on to something and set up a cooperative to offer the opportunity to more residents. Since then, 180 villages have signed up and eight new jobs have been created. The team now plans to focus on building awareness for the Golden Field mushroom brand and taking the model to other communities.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Being recognized for our innovations in tehnology integration
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Successfully launching new projects
How they're preparing for the WC:
We are revisiting our Neverland project in detail, including spending time with former students and beneficiaries; revamping our presentation; and working with our advisors and sponsors to ensure we have the best presentation possible
They're most excited about:
Enjoying the world-class experience of Enactus and exchanging ideas with other national champion teams from around the world
Team described in one word:
Involvement in Enactus runs in Irene’s family: her cousin was one of the team’s founders so she knew early on that she would get involved. With only two years of involvement under her belt, Irene is currently the team’s President, playing an integral role in their Neverland Project and serving as a member of the presentation team. With two years left until graduation, this International Business major says time management has been the biggest challenge for her, but the experience has taught her about prioritizing and efficiency, valuable life lessons. As she looks ahead to Toronto, she is excited to take in the entire event, meet talented peers, and learn about brilliant projects taking place around the world.
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As a founder of the project, Mingxin, says his biggest success in Enactus has been the impact he’s had through the Neverland project. And he also speaks fondly of the impact the project has had on him, from traveling to the island in less than ideal weather conditions and dealing with issues from machinery breakdowns, to teaching basic accounting skills and really helping the people living on this remote island…rarely is there an opportunity during university to get that kind of well-rounded experience. With graduation approaching next July, this former Vice President sees attending World Cup as a great way to round out his Enactus experience, and he is excited to learn about other country programs and exchange ideas with other students.
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