France | In action since 2011
When students on the Enactus team at NEOMA Business School – Campus Rouen learned about the deadly effects of indoor air pollution caused by cooking stoves, they saw an opportunity to act. They partnered with Les Amis du Monde and their School of Engineering to perfect an alternative-fuel stove and started production in Mali, while also training soon-to-be-released female prisoners on selling the product. Sadly, a terrorist attack forced them to pull back from production in Mali, but the team turned tragedy into opportunity and expanded their work to Senegal and Burkina Faso. More than 6,000 stoves have been sold in the three countries, impacting 24,000 lives and saving 10,000 tons of C02 from being released from burning wood.
Past WC appearances
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Preparing for our national competition while some of our team was in Senegal
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With a natural passion for social entrepreneurship and innovation, participating in Enactus was a natural fit for Céline, after learning about it from her business school. Now pursuing her Masters in Management, she’s been involved for a year and serves as the team’s Vice President, where she is heavily involved in the team’s Eco-cooker project. After feeling overwhelmingly proud of her team when they won the national competition, she looks ahead excitedly to Toronto, with the goal of meeting people from all over the world, people who share her passion for helping create a better future.
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As the team’s incoming Treasurer, Kaan is grateful to finally have the opportunity to join an on-campus organization like Enactus. Before starting at the business school, he had very little free time but a strong desire to find an opportunity to make a difference. When he learned of Enactus and its mission, he immediately decided to get involved and hasn’t looked back since. From building e-commerce websites to sharing his cultural experiences with the team, he feels like he’s gained more from his involvement than he’s given, and he’s looking forward to building global awareness of their work at next month’s World Cup.
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