India | In action since 2009
With a lack of usable public toilet facilities in the slums of Delhi, residents had no choice but to use the streets as a toilet, resulting in serious health issues. The Enactus team at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies took on this basic human need by first conducting a needs assessment, which showed them not only was a lack of facilities an issue but residents were not aware of the health issues caused by poor sanitation. The team partnered with a government agency who agreed to provide pre-built toilet complexes, which could be managed by entrepreneurs responsible for the upkeep and operations. They also launched a comprehensive education campaign that taught residents the importance of sound sanitary practices. Since the launch of the project, the team has provided 11,000 people with access to safe sanitation, and eight entrepreneurs now have a monthly income of Rs. 9,500.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Organizing and executing a one-day pan-Dehli event that brought together isolated and economically deprived sections of society
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Managing our aggressive expansion plans and business model refinement to expand the impact of our projects this year
How they're preparing for the WC:
With great zeal and vigor! There’s a lot of work to be done, but we’re approaching it as a team, with a shared sense of excitement as we support the presenters while managing our projects
They're most excited about:
Meeting the best Enactus teams in one place and learning about diverse cultures, while meeting new people and making our country proud
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A year ago, Ria embarked on a journey that has significantly impacted her life while giving her an opportunity to impact the lives of others: after a rigorous selection process, she joined Enactus. This past year, she served as Vice President for their Akshar project where she was able to empower victims of domestic violence by giving them the tools to be financially independent, something she says is her biggest success. Although finding a balance between the different areas of her life has been a challenge, she wouldn’t change a thing and is heading to Toronto feeling immensely proud of her team. At the World Cup, she hopes to meet individuals from diverse backgrounds and build lifelong friendships, while also experiencing a new part of the world.
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Thanks to his Enactus involvement, Additya’s upcoming trip to Toronto will be the third time he’s had the opportunity to represent his country on the global stage. The first came when he participated in a winter school program hosted by Enactus Tomsk in Russia, and the second was an international case study competition affiliated with Enactus India. With these kinds of opportunities, it’s no surprise that although Additya was involved in a number of activities when he first connected with Enactus, he has gradually pulled back from those and now serves as the team’s President. At the World Cup, Additya hopes to learn about Enactus best practices from around the world that they can integrate into their program at home.
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