Having made it through the regional rounds of Enactus UK’s National Competition, Sheffield Enactus headed to Canary Warf earlier this month to present highlights from the projects they have run this year.
The Sheffield Enactus students currently have four main social projects:
Homemade – this project works with homeless men in a shelters, teaching them business and employability skills through the framework of a jam making business and by running them interview training and C.V writing workshops. The profits for this are then used to help the men re-start their lives.
Blankets for Bolivia- here vulnerable women in La Paz are employed to make relief blankets using crisp packets which would have otherwise been unrecyclable, making a blanket twice as warm and three times stronger than a typical relief blanket. Sold to tourists, the profits from these blankets pay for the women to distribute the blankets to the thousands of homeless on the streets of Bolivia.
For the national competition the students focused on their biggest two projects which are HOPE and HOPE Nigeria.
HOPE works with survivors of human trafficking in a jewellery making business to encourage their personal development and enterprise skills. By providing them with skills, confidence and funds to enter employment or start their own business they are able to aid their integration back into society. Alongside this project runs HOPE Nigeria by providing vulnerable women with a stable income the project is able to tackle the number one cause of trafficking, poverty. A co-operative of ten women making Shea butter was initially set up, however due to the success of this, the project is currently working towards setting up a Shea butter business this summer which will employ 20 women, providing them with a stable income and reducing their likelihood of being trafficked.
Having made the decision to create an introduction to their presentation that was away from the norm and out of the traditional framework the team had an excellent response to the way they showed the values of Team Sheffield and what makes them so impressive, receiving amazing feedback.
After two days of presentations from 41 teams Sheffield emerged triumphant as second place winners in the 2013 national Championships, the third time in as many years that they have come away with a trophy.
If you didn’t manage to make it to one of Sheffield Enactus rehearsals a link to the video is below:
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