China | In action since 2007
Mushroom farmers in Huangbangbling Village in China almost stopped production due to the large amount of pollutants involved in growing the crop and the resulting complaints from villagers. Enactus students at Guangdong Pharmaceutical University worked with these farmers to reduce the offending waste and improve their livelihoods by turning their mushroom byproduct into fertilizer, which can be sold for additional profit.
Impact(s): 7 mushroom farmers learned a transformative technology and increased their monthly incomes; 4,510 tons of mushroom waste converted into 1,925 tons of organic fertilizer; 150 farmers improved their efficiency through use of the new fertilizer
What’s next: A new organic-fertilizer factory will start production in 2017. In 2018, the team will promote the use of the fertilizer for Chinese herbal medicines.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
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Our proudest moment of the past year:
Before our team took part in the competition, we had an interview with our target audiences. They told us our team improved their livelihood greatly and thanked us and wished us good luck at competition.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Our team operated six projects last year. The biggest challenge is three projects had difficulties which couldn’t be solved by ourselves. The project was lacking resources. These difficulties made us decide to give up these projects.
Team described in one word:
Informational posters about Enactus at Yan’s school sparked her interest. Enabling progress through entrepreneurial action was a new idea to her, and it was the most important factor in her decision to join two years ago. Now as Vice President of her team, she says her and their biggest success came when they placed first at their national competition. “It is not easy for us, and we are so grateful to represent our country,” says Yan, who is majoring in pharmacy and plans to graduate in June 2018.
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Jiasui, too, became curious and joined Enactus after seeing Enactus posters hanging around his university. After two years on his team, he now serves as its Project Manager. Balancing his educational obligations and his work with Enactus has been one of his biggest challenges; as a result, he has improved his efficiency skills, says Jiasui, who is studying traditional Chinese pharmacy and plans to graduate in June 2019. He hopes to expand his English fluency, spread the Chinese culture and make friends from all over the world at Enactus World Cup 2017.
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