6,127 lives improved.
Individually we are just students, but together we are Enactus Edinburgh.
A student society of 83 members who run 8 life changing social enterprises locally and internationally to meet the needs of communities with our entrepreneurial spirit and innovations developed at the University of Edinburgh.
2018 UK CHAMPIONS
This year our team was recognised as the UK’s leading Enactus team against 58 other Universities.
This success gives us the opportunity to represent the UK at
- the world's biggest social entrepreneurship competition
in San Jose, California.
Overall, we will need £18,000 to help fund the cost of sending some of our team members to California, including further support for the team once they’ve arrived for the competition. This crowdfunding project is just one of the many ways we are raising money for the trip and we hope that you feel encouraged by our enthusiasm for the competition to show your support and to make a donation that will help us get us to our funding goal.
What is Enactus?
Enactus is a global organisation that connects University students, educators and business leaders by providing a platform for students to develop skills through running sustainable and impactful social enterprises.
What is the Enactus World Cup?
The World Cup is our opportunity to showcase the great work we do in Edinburgh having won the UK national competition in April 2018. These competitions are great motivators for many of our members to continue working on their projects and make them the best they can be so they can share them with the world!
The World Cup also offers an amazing opportunity to network and meet thousands of students and business executives from around the world, who all want to make the world a better place, providing a brilliant opportunity for collaboration.
Our Team at the World Cup
We will be showcasing 3 of our social enterprises:
- Aiding Change, based in Ghana
- Sanitary Pad Initiative
- Lilypads, based in Kenya
- Sanitree, based in India
This year’s competition will be held in San Jose, California and it will be the first time in Enactus Edinburgh history to compete at the World Cup – an achievement that we are incredibly proud of!
Attending the World Cup in California is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our members to present the fantastic work they have put into these impactful projects over the year. The experience of participating in the competition will provide members of the team with valuable presenting, networking, business and entrepreneurial skills that will help them stand out in a very competitive job market.
But more importantly, attending the World Cup will allow us to gain exposure for our projects, learn from other successful teams and social entrepreneurs and apply the knowledge to our own projects, enabling them to grow and expand, positively impacting the lives of even more people!
In Ghana, only 1 % of the hearing-impaired population can afford to purchase hearing aids. This keeps otherwise healthy children from attending school and keeps adults from pursuing employment, leading to social exclusion and isolation.
Aiding Change is a social enterprise that trains unemployed individuals in Accra to sell affordable solar-powered hearing aids to people who need them the most. The solar-powered design completely eliminates the need for disposable batteries, making the hearing aids 5x cheaper than alternatives.
This solution is already changing lives!
At 20 years of age, he is not able to speak and communicate because of his hearing impairment. He had to drop out of school because his peers were teasing him. Thanks to our affordable hearing aid, he is now learning to speak and will soon be returning to school!
The Sanitary Pad Initiative
Includes two enterprises:
- Lilypads in Kenya
- Sanitree in India
In both communities we train unemployed women to produce and sell affordable reusable sanitary pads to women and girls in their communities. This completely eliminates the need for women to use old dirty rags or leaves to manage their menstruation. Furthermore, by delivering free menstrual and reproductive health education to their entire communities, our female entrepreneurs are challenging social stigmas and reducing the spread of dangerous sexually transmitted diseases.
To date, we have been able to provide more than 3,000 women and girls with sanitary pads, ensuring that they have confidence and dignity during their periods!
To thank you for your support, we have some great rewards, which you can see listed on the right-hand side of this page.
We hope that you can see we are very enthusiastic students with big ideas and lots of passion to see them succeed! Every donation we receive will help us get one step closer to this once in a lifetime opportunity – to showcase our life changing projects on a global stage at the Enactus World Cup!