Kenya | In action since 2003
To provide a sustainable income source for members of their community, students at Moi University decided to tackle poultry farming, an ideal industry for the area but one residents were hesitant to get into because of diseases and other challenges. The team worked with the country’s agriculture office to learn about the challenges and discovered the impact a homemade chick ‘jiko’ brooder can have: this energy-saving solution keeps the chicks isolated from the adults, avoiding the transfer of disease and increasing the chances of success. With this innovation in hand, they taught potential poultry farmers how to use them as well as techniques for avoiding and treating disease. More than 40 businesses have been started as a result, creating 170 jobs and directly impacting 173 individuals. The team now hopes to expand the model to other counties, while continuing to support this initial group.
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Dealing with uncertainty in the initial stages of our project, not knowing whether the outcome will be successful or not
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Four years ago, this Business Management major was exploring the clubs and associations on campus. She came across the Enactus recruitment booth and after learning a little about the team and the organization, she knew she didn’t need to look any further. Now, with her graduation approaching next year, she serves as the team’s President and has focused on member retention and networking with executives to help build the team. She is excited to be leading the team for their fourth World Cup appearance, and hopes to meet new people from around the world in Toronto, while sharing meaningful opportunities to discuss ideas.
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As Vice President of the team, Denis says he fully embraces and lives the values of Enactus in his day to day life. Involved for four years, he has served the team in different capacities, giving him a great base of experience and knowledge, something he credits for helping him secure an internship with Unilever. While he admits it can be challenging to determine the right solution for a problem they see, he is proud how his team has always worked together to develop a solid plan, build support in the community and hopefully make a difference. At the Enactus World Cup, in addition to networking with peers and business leaders, he hopes to learn from the projects presented by teams around the world and see how those solutions can be applied to challenges in Kenya.
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