Singapore | In action since 2009
Inspired by the untapped potential of artisans and the poor living conditions of children in Jaisalmer, India, students from the Enactus team at Nanyang Technological University launched their Nomad project. Designed to empower the artisans to turn their talents into a profitable business, the team engaged a group of residents and focused their talents on making leather bags. Next, they helped them set up a business to sell the in-demand product in Singapore. At the same time, to address the effects of poverty on children in the area, they set up a number of initiatives to reinvest some of the profits in the community. To date, 25 artisans are involved in the initiative and the team has directly impacted 114 children by providing adequate materials and resources for schools.
Proudest moment of the past year:
When our social enterprise was featured in the media
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Scheduling team practice times leading up to the national competition
How they're preparing for the WC:
Improving our presentation and trying to manage our nervousness and excitement for the experience
They're most excited about:
Interacting with Enactus representatives and like-minded social entrepreneurs from around the world
Team described in one word:
One of the main reasons Amber originally joined the Enactus team was to learn how to set up a social enterprise. With a strong desire to make a difference in her community, she knew that Enactus would be a vehicle for her to use her business education to help others, so she signed up after learning about it in a school email. She started as a member of the New Project team, where she came up with new ideas and put the best ones in to action, a process that taught her a valuable lesson when her first project didn’t work: how to fail. She now serves as Project Vice-President and is excited about the team’s upcoming trip to Toronto so she can meet and interact with people from around the world who share her values.
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As the team’s President, Joshua is passionate about their mission and projects, and spends his time focused on how to take the group to new heights. After originally getting involved three years ago as a member of the publicity team, his goal this year has been to grow awareness of the team and its work on campus to recruit more students. Not only will this help with the sustainability of the team, it will also allow them to launch more initiatives to help more people. The World Cup experience will a great opportunity for them to celebrate their impact while showcasing their work on the global stage, and he is excited to share his passion for social entrepreneurship with peers from around the world.
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