United Kingdom | In action since 2003
When the Enactus team at the University of Nottingham learned about clean water access issues in Cameroon, they got right to work to make a difference. First, they engaged their Engineering department to develop a water filter made from local materials, then set up a kiosk in their target area to offer affordable clean water to members of the community. To increase their impact, they approached a number of institutions about integrating the filters in their facilities, and are working with the Government of Cameroon to integrate the filter in the existing water system. With 11 students investing more than 500 volunteer hours on this initiative, Aquor has provided clean water to over 20,000 community members. In addition, the team has added six employees this year to keep up with local production and demand. As they look to the future, the team is excited to work on scaling the initiative to take it nationally, with the goal of supplying clean water to all, free at the source.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Providing water filters to a university in Cameroon that will provide thousands of students with clean water for the first time
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Being able to sustain and grow our portfolio of social enterprises
How they're preparing for the WC:
Teamwork! One team traveled to Cameroon to focus on the international portfolio, while a team in Nottingham has focused on our local businesses and the presentation
They're most excited about:
Showcasing our British heritage at the World Cultural Experience and connecting with other Enactus teams from around the world
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Since joining the team three years ago, Cara, who currently serves as International Director, has played an important role. She started as an International Innovation team member, where she focused on research and building their international portfolio. Understandably, she’s been on several of the team’s international trips, becoming a bit of an expert on the subject to help her teammates. In her current role, she works with the various project leaders to make sure their work in other countries reaches its full potential. As she prepares for Enactus World Cup, she is looking forward to meeting teams from around the world, and experiencing a variety of cultures in one place.
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With less than year left in his Business Management degree, Elliot has been involved with the team since the very first day he set foot on campus. When he visited the school for an open day, he heard about Enactus from the previous President and Vice-President and immediately knew this was the school and the team for him. Three years later, he says he’s a much more developed person thanks to his Enactus experience, which will serve him well in the Vice-President role. After his first World Cup experience last year in Johannesburg, where he came home intensely motivated and with incredible memories, he is excited to have a similar experience in Toronto.
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