Malaysia | In action since 2001
To address poverty and a lack of employment opportunities, Enactus students at Tenaga National University – KSHAS expanded their successful Tripolis project to a new region this year. With the goal of teaching villagers beekeeping basics, the team first completed an assessment to determine locations that could support the industry while benefiting from the initiative. They settled on Kiulu in Tamparuli, Sabah, an area with many similarities to the first location, including a lack of economic opportunity and the resulting poverty. Next they secured a grant to fund their travel and supplies, then worked out a schedule to maximize their team’s time and talents to get the project off the ground, while also continuing to mentor their other location. To date, Tripolis has directly impacted 663 people, creating jobs for 181 beekeepers. This year, in the new region, four beekeeping companies were created. The team continues to innovate the project to ensure its efficiency and effectiveness: this year, they created a reporting system on social media so they can stay connected to their beneficiaries and their work.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Presenting on projects on the national stage
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Insufficient funds to implement our projects
How they're preparing for the WC:
Balancing presentation practices with our preparations for final exams, so a lot of night and weekend meetings
They're most excited about:
Seeing, and hopefully being a part of, the final round presentations
Team described in one word:
After three years of involvement with the Enactus team on her campus, Ain has transformed from a shy, quiet first-year student, to a key leader within the team, serving on the presentation team and coaching the group, all with a passion for changing the world. Her reasons for originally getting involved were less altruistic: with their campus being fairly remote, she wanted to find a fun activity and Enactus is one of the most active groups on campus. But once she got out in the community and realized the opportunity she had to make an impact, her reasons for staying involved changed. At World Cup this year, she hopes to meet as many new friends as possible and hear their stories to learn more about the world.
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As a first year student, Jagenthiran took part in a session where he had the opportunity to ask senior students questions about school and their experience. He raised his hand and asked for recommendations for worthwhile extracurricular activities to get involved with, and one of the senior students told the group about Enactus. Impressed, he found out that the team was holding interviews the next day so he quickly prepared himself to make the best impression possible, and fortunately made the team. Two years later, he’s getting ready to attend his second World Cup, where he hopes to have another unforgettable experience celebrating their impact and meeting new people.
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