Poland | In action since 2016
Needle You Need
Members of our Enactus Poland team initially sought to design a recycling project that would curb consumer waste. But they also were moved to improve conditions for elderly neighbors, many of whom struggled with loneliness and tight finances. Out of those dual concerns—and a team connection with a friend who works at a sewing factory—came Needle You Need, in which senior citizens create one-of-a-kind patchwork blankets from unused or unwanted textiles. Working with eight “grannies” who sew, our Enactus Poland team established partnerships with a cultural center to promote the project, an exchange center to obtain goods and a sewing company that provides equipment and space to produce and sell blankets.
Impact(s): 8 elderly seamstresses revitalized; 1 brand established; 3 relations forged with other companies
What’s next: To work with more seniors, continue to raise public awareness of consumer waste and expand the brand outside Poland.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Iwona Czerska, Ph. D; Dorota Teneta-Skwiercz, DSc
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
We don’t have just one. We mostly are proud of the fact that so many people appreciated our actions.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Limited contact during holidays … which generated interruptions and made our teamwork hard...We met and talked about the problem, explained to each other what we need to change and now the situation is stable again.
Team described in one word:
Majka was among a group of friends who became inaugural members when our Enactus Poland team launched in 2016. One year later, she’s “in constant contact with people” while working with them to solve problems and conflicts related to team projects. In the process, she says she’s already gained valuable experience in the business world. “I try to listen to every member [and] make the right decision so that no one is harmed,” she says. Majoring in international economic relations, Majka plans to graduate in 2020.
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After learning about Enactus in a university lecture, Morten and a friend helped to reactivate our Enactus Poland team in 2016. At first, he says he was afraid to talk with CEOs and other business executives while working on team projects, but his nerves later dropped away during a speed-consulting session with teammates and Enactus partners in Warsaw. “After the first session, I was sudden calm and realized, ‘It is not a big deal to talk to the CEO of [an] investment company,” says Morten, who heads the team sales department and plans to graduate in 2020.
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