Senegal | In action since 2010
When Enactus students from the University of Thiès in Senegal met a group of women in Mballing who were struggling to find a sustainable income opportunity, they knew they could help. After conducting an analysis of the opportunities, they discovered there were a large number of discarded snail shells in the area. They partnered with their school to determine how they could turn this waste product into a valuable resource and were excited to find out that the shells could be converted into calcium carbonate, a mineral useful in agricultural practices. They trained the women on how to turn the shells into this marketable product, as well as the basics of setting up a small business to sell it to rural farms. To date, the team has impacted nearly 1,600 people, launching four businesses and creating over 530 jobs
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Anta has been involved with the Enactus team at her school for two years and is stepping into the role of team leader. Following the philosophy that impossibility is just a matter of perception, this Environment and Water major is excited to lead her team in their next phase of growth, increasing their impact and reach as they work in their community to give new hope to their beneficiaries. As the team prepares to represent their country in Toronto, she hopes to build new partnerships at the World Cup while developing her leadership skills.
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Mohamed learned about Enactus during a team training event and two years later, he now serves as the team’s outgoing leader. He is passionate about their work, stating that giving hope to their beneficiaries and seeing their smiles is his greatest success through Enactus. With graduation approaching shortly after World Cup, he is excited to make the trip to Toronto with his team and celebrate the impact they’ve had, while also looking for partnerships to sustain the team. Personally, he hopes to reinforce and further develop his leadership skills.
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