Zimbabwe | In action since 2005
During compassionate visits with children housed at Blue Hills Probation Hostel in Gweru—a 1960s-era facility that struggles with overcrowding and insufficient resources—our team in Zimbabwe recognized the lack of educational and job opportunities for the children upon their release. Team members looked for ways to enhance local agriculture, an industry with which many of the children already were familiar. The result: a drip-irrigation system—built with recycled PET bottles obtained from a nearby beer hall, scrap wood planks and PVC piping—that conserves water and makes it possible to grow more produce in less space. For four weeks, the team worked with the children to build and adapt a prototype at Blue Hills, creating a system the children would be able to install and rent to clients.
Impact(s): 1 community-based organization founded; 1 website launched; 6 new jobs created
What’s next: Replicating the project in Kenya with an Enactus team; in the next five years, establishing a registered business installing vertical-gardening systems for home and commercial use that adds jobs and increases revenue to more than $25,000 U.S.D; developing stronger, more innovative and low-cost structures to grow a variety of crops.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Premesh Govan; Masimba Viriri
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
Premesh Govan and Tatenda Zuze winning national awards as Faculty Advisor of The Year and Team Leader of The Year, respectively.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Coordination between our multi-campus system. It was very hard to have everyone meet all at once. We established frequent meet-ups for students at both campuses to review progress and share ideas and set different days for meetings to enable fluent communication.
Team described in one word:
When Linda joined the Enactus club in the first semester of her final year at university, she says she was a shy, reserved person. No more. Within seven months, her work with Enactus transformed the telecommunications student into a “bold and fearless leader” who handles project implementation and coordination and serves as a presenter for the team. “I’ve always wanted to be part of something bigger on campus,” says Linda, who is set to graduate in November. “I liked how [Enactus offered] both aspects of personal development and developing entrepreneurial initiatives.”
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In planning his career, Kudakwashe envisioned himself working as an investment banker — until he failed to gain acceptance to the university’s Finance Program. “I was bitter and told myself I would have to learn on my own,” says Kudakwashe, who plans to graduate in November 2019 with a degree in tourism and hospitality management. Once on campus, he met and spoke with an Enactus recruiter who attended World Cup 2012. That conversation helped him to understand that Enactus “could allow me to grow and develop my skill set,” says Kudakwashe, who handles finance and development and is a presenter for the team. “I want to contribute toward economic development and the prosperity of communities, [and] this synced with the community-development aspect.”
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