Zimbabwe | In action since 2005
With abundant natural resources and conditions ripe for fruit and vegetable growing, the Enactus team at Chinhoyi University of Technology decided to help farmers in the small community of Mhondoro Watyoka be more successful. After visiting the community and completing an initial needs assessment, they realized a lack of business knowledge coupled with the fact they were operating individually was challenging the farmers to reach their full potential. The team held a series of workshops and formed a number of partnerships to help the farmers come together to form a community business, while finding new trade opportunities. Through their work, the team has positively impacted 180 families, and the newly formed company has harvested 151 tons of guavas, resulting in $18,700 in revenue. The farmers plan to expand their market to South Africa and Europe, while the team hopes to replicate the project with banana farmers in the Honde Valley.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Being the first runner up in the Delta Boost National Ethics Competition
Biggest challenge from the past year:
When our university temporarily suspended support for our team
How they're preparing for the WC:
Approaching organizations for sponsorship and working on our presentation
They're most excited about:
The challenge of competing on an international stage
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As an eager first year student on campus, Petronella learned about a series of entrepreneurship and business plan writing workshops taking place and quickly signed up. When she realized the workshops were being conducted not by faculty members but by peers on the Enactus team, she got involved and hasn’t looked back. Four years later, she serves as the team’s Secretary General and plays an important coordinator role for their projects, ensuring items like food and transportation are in place. Thinking of the upcoming Enactus World Cup, she hopes to leave Toronto with a mentor, as well as lasting friendships and business contacts.
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In his last year of high school, Simukai had the opportunity to attend the Enactus Zimbabwe National Competition. Impressed and inspired by the experience, one of the first things he did when starting his university career was get involved with the team. Now, with graduation quickly approaching, he looks back fondly on his four years of involvement, the impact he has had in communities, and the personal growth he has experienced. As they prepare to represent their country in Toronto, he is excited to experience different cultures while networking with other attendees to make new and lasting connections.
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