Swaziland | In action since 2008
After successfully launching their Furni-Drum project last year, which empowered unemployed alumni to start a business by turning old drums into furniture, the Enactus team at Gwamile Vocational and Commercial Training Institute wanted to expand the initiative to help more people. After some discussion and research, they chose hearing-impaired young people as their focus, knowing that this group is often challenged to find meaningful employment due to their disability. They connected with the administration at Matsetsa School for the Deaf and conducted a needs assessment to determine the best course of action. After engaging an interpreter and securing materials from Coca-Cola Swaziland, the team launched their workshops focused on how to make furniture using discarded steel drums, as well as the fundamentals of running a small business. Ten students took part in the training and all of them continue to stay involved, manufacturing the furniture and working to build the business under the guidance of their teachers. The Enactus team hopes to expand their work to other regions of the country, and sees the potential to positively impact a variety of target audiences with this model.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Changing the lives of the students with hearing impairment
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Funding challenges for projects
How they're preparing for the WC:
Working on our script and doing presentation rehearsals every day
They're most excited about:
Mingling with business leaders and exchanging ideas with other Enactus students
Team described in one word:
As a member of the presentation team, Londiwe credits her Enactus experience for her growth as a public speaker and says improvement in this area is her biggest success of her nearly two years with the team. Now serving as Human Resource Manager, this Business Finance and Accounting major originally got involved after some members encouraged her to check it out – she immediately connected with the mission and has engaged ever since, even as she wrestled with the challenge of balancing school work and Enactus work. As she prepares for her second World Cup experience, she’s excited to connect with business leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world.
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When he attends the World Cup in Toronto with his team in a few weeks, it will be the second time Phinda has had the opportunity to represent his country on the global stage: he was part of the Enactus Swaziland National Champion team to travel to South Africa for last year’s World Cup, an experience he says is the biggest success he’s had through Enactus. Now the team’s CEO, who first got involved after learning about Enactus during a class presentation, is excited to lead his team to Toronto to celebrate their accomplishments together while taking in all the event has to offer, including networking with the global leaders in attendance.
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