Mexico | In action since 2013
After learning about a solar powered food dehydrator from another Enactus team, students at the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Tonalá knew they could put the innovation to good use in their own community and address a number of issues at once. The team put on training workshops for interested residents to teach them how to use the solar dehydrator as well as an overview on how to market and sell the final product at a local market. Not only is the final product a healthy food item that particularly appeals to children, but the process ensures that the fruits and vegetables aren’t wasted while also providing a sustainable economic opportunity for community residents. The project has directly impacted 93 individuals, including both children and adults in the community, in addition to launching one new business and creating 10 new jobs.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Realizing we were significantly improving the quality of life of the people we worked with
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Dealing with difficult team dynamics
How they're preparing for the WC:
Working as a team, delegating tasks to ensure we meet our objectives, and preparing to represent Mexico the best we can
They're most excited about:
Sharing our project and impact with the world
Team described in one word:
As an Art Design major, Paula saw in Enactus an opportunity to build her business knowledge while giving her an outlet to help people. After seeing a recruitment presentation on campus, she signed right up and two years later, she is in charge design for the team. Designing the packaging for their Desali project was particularly rewarding and she’s been able to see firsthand the impact of her hard work. As she prepares to travel to Toronto with her team, she looks forward to meeting talented people from different cultures, while learning about the amazing projects going on around the world.
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When the faculty advisor personally invites you to join the Enactus team, you listen. And that’s exactly what happened to Armando, who was inspired to join after seeing a few Enactus videos that highlighted the great work being done to help people in communities around the world. Now involved for three years, he is the team’s finance expert and played a key role in developing sales projections and pricing strategies for their Desali project. When he thinks about his upcoming World Cup experience, he is excited to learn about the world class projects, while making new connections.
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