Singapore Youths Transforming Communities Across Borders
Singapore – 21st June 2016 – Project NOMAD, a social entrepreneurship venture by five Enactus National Technological University (NTU) students, aims to generate a sustainable source of income for the community in Jaisalmer, India, through the design and sale of leather products produced by local artisans.
Profits made from sale of the leather goods, made with high-quality and ethically-sourced camel leather, will be used to develop the rural community through education and vocational training. The project also endeavours to promote social mobility through education by improving their learning environment, such as by providing children with sweaters to warm during winter.
Project Nomad was one of two winning projects presented by the NTU team, who were crowned champion at the Enactus Singapore National Competition 2016, held at the DBS Asia Central Auditorium on 18 June 2016 (Saturday). The team’s other social project, Glow in The Dark, is a training organisation that empowers the visually-impaired in Singapore to conduct enrichment workshops. It was Enactus NTU’s 4th consecutive victory in the annual National Competition.
The Enactus NTU team impressed the panel of judges from across business and academia with the scalability and sustainability of their business model. According to one of the judges, Mr Atiff Gill, Managing Director (Operations), CVC Capital Partners Singapore, “Project NOMAD successfully leveraged local resources in the ethical sourcing of Indian camel leather, and built a smart revenue generating model around the sewing and sale camel leather bags globally. They will also reinvest the proceeds in the education of under-privileged children in India. It is a scalable and sustainable idea that demonstrates entrepreneurship, and they truly represents the true spirit and values of Enactus in Singapore and globally. “
Enactus NTU will represent Singapore at the Enactus World Cup 2016, to be held in Toronto, Canada from 28th to 30th September.
Mr Gerard Chai, Chairman, Enactus Singapore and Managing Director, Korn Ferry Singapore, said: “Enactus embodies the principles of business, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our tiertary students run projects that make significant social impact to their beneficiary communities. This was again exemplified by the many projects that were presented at this year’s National Competition.”
Ms Low Patsian, Senior Vice President, Head of CSR, DBS Singapore, agrees: “It is so encouraging to see the hard work of students, under the tutelage of DBS professionals who volunteer their time and expertise, result in great ideas that bring social impact. This must have been a great experience and the journey to join the World Cup will be even more unforgettable.”
Established in 2016, NOMAD is a social enterprise that connects artisans from disadvantaged communities to new and emerging markets. It is currently working with the rural community in Jaisalmer, India to design, produce and market high-quality products made of high quality and ethically sourced camel leather for a global audience. Profits made from the sale of these goods will be used to better the lives of these villagers through education and vocational training.
NOMAD prides itself as an active agent of change and hopes to make a difference to the many communities it intends to work with. This year, it aims to provide 114 children from Jaisalmer with various educational materials and to build a conducive environment for them to learn. Moving forward, Nomad aims to secure more seed funding and to expand its brand influence beyond Singapore by engaging influencers to support their cause.
Glow in the Dark (GITD)
GITD is a training organisation established in August 2014, which provides enrichment workshops conducted by the visually handicapped, to youths in Singapore. Participants are taught critical skills such as empathy and managing adversities, through a mix of practical strategies and personal sharing by the beneficiaries.
The project aims to reduce any social stigma that society has on the visually handicapped, and provide employment opportunities to help them reintegrate into society. As of today, GITD has provided employment opportunities to 6 committed visually handicapped individuals and trainings to 360 students and corporates.
Enactus is a global non-profit organisation in 36 countries that connects more than 69,000 students and academics, from more than 1,700 tertiary institutions, and business leaders. We provide a platform for outstanding tertiary students to develop entrepreneurial-based projects, under the guidance of educators and business leaders, which empower communities to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable manner. Enactus aims to transform both the lives of the people we serve, and in turn, the lives of our students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.
Enactus Singapore was set up in 2003 and is represented in 8 tertiary institutions across the island (Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, UniSIM, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic), with more than 200 active students developing 16 projects.
Enactus World Cup
The Enactus World Cup is an annual competition that showcases the winners of member countries’ National Competitions, bringing together 3,500 student, business and academic leaders from around the world. In 2015, Singapore’s representatives from the Nanyang Technological University achieved 3rd place in the Opening Round. In 2016, the Enactus World Cup will be held in Toronto, Canada from 28th to 30th September.
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