United States | In action since 1994
India Field Station
In their India Field Station project, the Enactus team from La Sierra University has made a 10-year commitment to transform the local economy by focusing on education, health and wellness, economic opportunity, and environmental sustainability. As a first step, they developed the Livelihood Gap Model, a detailed needs assessment that gets at the root causes of issues, which allowed them to pinpoint and tackle the largest gaps. Using entrepreneurial action, strong partnerships and target audience engagement, the team has implemented a number of initiatives including a cow bank loan program, classroom development and small business training. Over 100 cow loans have been made to date, with no women defaulting on their loans. This year, 12 women completed their first sewing class and have received their own sewing machine to start a small business. At the midway point, the team is motivated as ever and will continue to add new components to their overall project to have the most impact possible.
Proudest moment of the past year:
The graduation of the young women who have participated in our six-month tailoring program through our India Field Station
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Recruiting and training new team members as established members graduate
How they're preparing for the WC:
Moving forward in our current projects and new initiatives
They're most excited about:
Sharing the competition experience with and being inspired by Enactus students from around the world
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With her fourth year of Enactus involvement set to begin, Tiffani is excited to be kicking the year off with her first international travel experience, to Toronto for Enactus World Cup. There, she hopes to make connections with individuals from countries around the world, while growing both personally and professionally. For her, though, the global competition is just icing on the cake: it’s about coming together and celebrating the potential of young people to make a difference, and telling the stories of the people they serve. Win or lose, it really doesn’t matter, because for Tiffani, everyone is already a winner.
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Joseph’s first introduction to Enactus took place when he was still in high school and saw the team present at a business awards ceremony at the university. He approached a few of the team members and asked them how he could sign up when he started school there in the fall. The next morning, he had sent emails to the dean, the faculty advisor and the president, letting them know he wanted to get involved! That was three years ago, and this Accounting major has never looked back, winning two scholarships at this year’s Enactus United States National Competition. His trip to Toronto will be his first internationally and he’s looking forward to making new connections and experiencing new cultures.
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