Azerbaijan | In action since 2009
When the Enactus team at the Academy of Public Administration realized there was a strong desire in rural areas to start family poultry farms but a lack of resources to do so, they saw an opportunity to act. Starting with the research phase, the team met with a number of families to learn more about their situations and learned that not only was farming a dream for many of them, there was also a strong demand in those areas for affordable, organic poultry. After meeting with a number of expert organizations and government agencies, the team had the innovative idea of converting old refrigerators into egg incubators, which they could sell the families at a significantly less cost than industrial versions. In addition to supplying this important tool, they helped the families launch their farms and provided ongoing consulting services to increase their success. To date, 45 new businesses have been launched and 85 new jobs created.
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The list of skills Aysel says she has improved or developed since joining Enactus team a year ago is long: project management, networking, problem solving, and time management, just to name a few. This learning has occurred as she’s put her research skills and passion for data to good use as the team’s PR Coordinator, capturing richer information from project work and sharing it on social media. As she prepares for World Cup in Toronto, she is excited to learning as much as possible about designing and starting social enterprises, as well as meeting successful entrepreneurs from around the world.
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After initially hearing about Enactus two years ago, this past year Tarlan finally got involved, playing an important role in rebuilding the team and making it stronger than ever. And while he was impacting the team, it was impacting him: as a freelance graphic designer, he had struggled in the past to make connections but working with the team has opened up a whole new network of people and business opportunities. With two years left, he is committed to staying involved and is excited to experience the World Cup in Toronto. So excited, in fact, that he has set himself a goal of becoming a world champion.
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