Malaysia | In action since 2008
Payao Phase II
Fishermen working in the islands off the coast of Malaysia face three significant problems: a decreasing number of harvestable fish, scarce locations to fish and exploitation by middlemen who buy their products at low prices. Our Enactus students from University of Malaysia Sabah collaborate with local fishermen by using a device called the Payao to bring fish to them; the fishermen no longer are required to travel long distances to get to the fish. The team also formed a local fishing club and cooperative which seeks and secures regular buyers to ensure a fair price for the goods sold by the fishermen.
Impact(s): 23 fishermen; 1 business formed; 3 jobs created
What’s next: The team plans to expand the project to the shallow waters around Sabah, Malaysia, and to share the Payao module in other places where this device is needed.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Dr. Ismail Ali; Dr. Bonaventure Boniface; Dr. Fiffy Hasnidah Saikim
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
During the early days of this project, the communities were able to accept us and listen to our project trajectories. This reassured us that we can actually implement these projects within selected communities.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Lacking resources on expertise, money and time.
Team described in one word:
Sarah got involved with Enactus when a friend explained its mission. “Before Enactus, I wasn’t really into joining clubs or extra activities on campus because I was afraid I couldn’t manage my time for my studies,” says Sarah, now the Vice President of Administration and Finance for her team. “I managed to get onto my university’s dean’s list last semester despite hustling around volunteering kilometers away from my campus.” Sarah is an Honors Software Engineering major who is scheduled to graduate in September 2020.
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Muhammad is a Marine Science major scheduled to graduate in September of 2020. His interest in sharing new ideas and inventing led him to get involved with his Enactus team on campus. Muhammad serves as the treasurer for his team and is most proud of implementing two projects in communities. “I’m one of the earliest members joining this team from the start of both projects till the end,” he says. “I have observed the whole progress and all of the teammates’ involvements.”
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