Germany | In action since 2011
Inspired by an experience in Tanzania where the team from RWTH Aachen met a villager trying unsuccessfully to raise fish in a rain barrel, the team set out to build a small-scale tilapia farm that would provide a protein-rich food source as well as an economic opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs. With efficiency and affordability in mind, the team created their first prototype while still in Africa, then returned home to get expert advice on some of the technical issues and to build partnerships with like-minded organizations that could help with funding. After addressing some of the key issues, such as managing oxygen levels and dealing with toxins created by waste, the team returned to Africa, engaged a group of residents, and taught them how to set up and maintain the farm, while giving them the tools to harvest and sell the fish. In total, 15 individuals have become entrepreneurs, raising 3,000 fish. Indirectly, the project has impacted 800 people and the team has long-term plans to build a sustainable infrastructure to grow their reach and increase their impact.
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Preparing for World Cup while keeping up with other responsibilities
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Two years ago, a former Enactus student came to one of Amal’s classes to promote the organization, and she was instantly drawn to the chance to learn about social entrepreneurship while helping others. Since then, she has worked on a variety of projects, served as Project Leader and is a member of the presentation team for both the national competition and the upcoming World Cup. Although learning to balance school work, Enactus work and her personal life is an on-going challenge, she has learned to manage the complexity and is grateful for the experience. As she and the team get ready for Toronto, she is excited to experience new cultures and find inspiration in other people’s stories.
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In July of this year, after three years in involvement, Benedikt stepped down as team leader and officially became an alumnus. He looks back fondly on his time with the team and is grateful that he’s had the chance to combine entrepreneurship with social responsibility for the benefit of others. As a team that is only five years old, he shares the story of their first competition experience in 2014 where they lost in the first round. Understandably devastated, many left the team but a core group held strong and now, two years later, they are preparing to represent their country at the World Cup in Toronto, where he’s excited to experience the global network first hand.
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