Ghana | In action since 2002
In rural Ghana, charcoal is essential to daily life as a widespread source of fuel. Using traditional hard-wood charcoal comes at a precious cost, however, as it requires valuable wood from vital trees and creates smoke which causes pollution and respiratory illnesses. Our Enactus team from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology knew their communities contained available resources to create a better source of fuel. Bidigreen converts agricultural waste, such as saw dust, coconut husks, bamboo or crop-plant residues from farms, into sustainable fuel. The team trains local women to make the Bidigreen briquettes and sell them to others in their community.
Impact(s): 15 new Bidigreen entrepreneurs; 10 new businesses; 3 communities affected
What’s next: To replace wood charcoal and firewood production and consumption with alternative methods of fuel.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
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Our proudest moment of the past year:
Coming up with a brilliant project that can be a solution to the world’s employment and forestry crisis.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Getting the funds to expand the project.
Team described in one word:
A postgraduate entrepreneurship program called “The Challenge” interested Jennifer when she entered university. That, in turn, led her to Enactus, which she joined three years ago; she’s now Team Leader. “Being self-empowered with knowing how to manage my team and to always deliver as expected,” is her greatest success, says Jennifer, who is majoring in banking and finance and plans to graduate in July 2018. “I am evidence of how Enactus truly empowers students and not just community members.”
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Wilson says he wanted a learning environment outside his course of study and to be more than just a student at his university. His passion for entrepreneurship led him to Enactus. In two years, he has become the team Vice President of Information Technology. “As the manager of our social media pages, I capture moments to keep our audience engaged, thrilled and inspired,” says Wilson, who is majoring in telecom engineering and plans to graduate in July 2019. While attending Enactus World Cup 2017, he says he hopes to establish multiple networks, learn from participating teams and to be remarkable.
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