• University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon

    Puerto Rico | In action since 2006

  • 30Students involved

  • 2Past WC appearances

Project Highlight:

Bottle of Hope
Three years ago, when students from the Enactus team at the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon learned about an impoverished community in the Dominican Republic, they knew they could provide a holistic solution. They started by addressing the lack of housing, partnering with engineering and construction experts to explore design options, and finally deciding to use plastic bottles as the main construction material. Future residents have been engaged in the process, building pride for and engagement in their new community. This year, four houses were built by residents, as well as a multi-functional community center. Their main focus this year has been addressing employment and income issues: the team worked with residents to start four new ventures, resulting in 26 new jobs and a revenue increase of more than $45,000. The team is on track to have the new community fully operational and sustainable by the end of 2017, with the long term goal of bringing this model to communities in need in other countries, starting in Puerto Rico.

Team Profile:

Proudest moment of the past year:
When we completed the construction of the Community Center for the Hope, Love and Peace Community

Biggest challenge from the past year:
The pressure of being last year’s national champion and showing how we used the World Cup experience to improve our projects and achieve greater impact

How they're preparing for the WC:
We are practicing five days a week, more than 20 hours weekly, and setting up practice presentations with eight companies

They're most excited about:
Connecting with other teams, receiving valuable feedback from the judges, and sharing best practices with the best teams from around the world

Team described in one word:
Unique

Get to Know Us:

As the team’s President, Giliannie brings the experiences from her three years of involvement to the group as well as her passion for making a difference. She was originally inspired to get involved when the Bottle of Hope project was launched: the idea of building houses from plastic bottles inspired her and she wanted to have that kind of lasting, sustainable impact on the world. Some of the highlights of her Enactus career to date have been winning the National Competition two years in a row and having the honor of representing their country and their work on the global stage. At World Cup this year, she is excited to connect and share ideas with people from around the world.

More about Giliannie:

  • Book she’s currently reading: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • Her personal theme song: Fireworks by Katy Perry
  • One person who inspires her: Her mother
  • Enactus in one word: Empowerment
  • Single best Enactus moment: When we acquired the land in 2015 to build the Hope, Love and Peace Community – it felt amazing to know that all the hard work paid off.
  • In five years, she will be…traveling to someplace in the world to celebrate my degree in law school and a master’s in public relations.

Connect with Giliannie:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gilianniedc
Twitter: www.twitter.com/gilianniedc
Instagram: www.instagram.com/gilianniedc/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/giliannie-de-castro-0b7957102

When Héctor started university, there was no question he was going to join the Enactus team: his mother is the faculty advisor! But that doesn’t mean it’s been easy or he’s gotten special treatment: he faced a significant challenge a few years ago when nearly every team member graduated, leaving him and his friend to maintain and rebuild the team. Thanks to their leadership and vision, they recruited new members, developed new initiatives, and led the team to win the national championship twice. As they prepare to travel to Toronto for the Enactus World Cup, he’s looking forward to meeting new friends and having new experiences that will help him grow personally and professionally.

More about Héctor:

  • Book he’s currently reading: My CPA books
  • His personal theme song: La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz
  • One person who inspires him: My grandfather
  • Enactus in one word: Hope
  • Single best Enactus moment: Watching my project idea come to life
  • In five years, he will be…: A CPA working for one of the big firms or creating my own business

Connect with Héctor:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/h%C3%A9ctor-jaime-padr%C3%B3-mart%C3%ADnez-7ab72910a

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