Egypt | In action since 2006
One billion animals are killed annually for their skins to be harvested for leather, and many are treated inhumanely in the process. Other related factors—a decline in the overall supply of skins, leading to a 400 percent increase in the cost of leather products; as well as a 42 percent increase in the death toll among tannery workers due to chemical exposure—spurred our Enactus team at Cairo University in Egypt to action. After team members met with local fishermen, tanners and designers, TanRe was born. The project turns fish skins obtained from the local fishing industry—rather than animal skins—into leather. TanRe connects local fish suppliers to designers and others of influence in the market in which leathers are sold.
Impact(s): 29 products developed; 15 business opportunities created
What’s next: To be the first active online platform in the Middle East and North Africa region supplying fish skin for use in all tanneries found there.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Dr. Ceceil Hanna
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Our proudest moment of the past year:
Witnessing and finally seeing our projects’ outcome on the beneficiaries and how we made a difference in their lives.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Seeing the struggle in all of our projects at once. But we always believed in ourselves and that we had no option but giving our best to this place as it deserves the best.
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An Enactus campaign at Menna’s university sparked her interest in joining her team four years ago. The passion she has developed for Enactus in that time also drove her to spend two years seeking and working in two different positions to obtain experience that now serves her as Research and Development Vice President. Enactus has increased her self-confidence and communication skills, she says, and she is looking forward to the opportunities Enactus World Cup will present. Majoring in clinical pharmacy, she plans to graduate in June 2017.
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Mohamed was recruited to his Enactus team in 2015 and now serves as its Financial Vice President. “Changing people’s lives — that’s what we are working for, and that’s what we do in Enactus CU,” says Mohamed, a business major who plans to graduate in 2018. His trip to Enactus World Cup 2917 will be his second, and he says he is looking forward to learning about the mindsets of others and the new opportunities presented in London.
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