One of the five program components of the BOOST Fellowship is “Living for others through servant leadership”. In order to reinforce this component, BOOST is affiliated to an international organization called Enactus which has a total of 36 countries as part of the network. This brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using entrepreneurial action to enable progress around the world. Since our inception in 2004, our BOOST Fellows engage in community-based initiatives that apply sound business practices in order to improve the livelihoods of participants. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to becoming effective, value-driven leaders.

What does Enactus mean – The word emanates from the acronym EN.ACT.US. ENtrepreneurial – having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity; ACTion – the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed; US – a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way, individuals that are part of a greater whole. This narrows down to seeing possibilities, taking action and enabling progress.

Program Implementation – An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to showcase the impact of their outreach efforts, and to be evaluated by executives serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious World Cup. Multiple project categories can be selected for projects such as agriculture & irrigation, existing & new business development, education, energy, environment or health & sanitation. The tables below elaborates the results from 2008 to date.

2008

Active Teams Active Students Number of Projects Hours of Enactus Involvement People Directly Impacted
9 252 33 13,367 2,463

 

2009

Active Teams Active Students Number of Projects Hours of Enactus Involvement People Directly Impacted
8 176 23 47000 153,179

 

2010

Active Teams Active Students Number of Projects Hours of Enactus Involvement People Directly Impacted
7 208 33 31,240 59,647

 

2011

Active Teams Active Students Number of Projects Hours of Enactus Involvement People Directly Impacted
10 176 36 42,129 18,611

 

2012

Active Teams Active Students Number of Projects Hours of Enactus Involvement People Directly Impacted
10 369 47 108,752 12,813

 

2013

Active Teams Active Students Number of Projects Hours of Enactus Involvement People Directly Impacted
10 381 32 186,896 4,801

 

2014

Active Teams Active Students Number of Projects Hours of Enactus Involvement People Directly Impacted
10 361 26 59,170 8,366

 

2015

Active Teams Active Students Number of Projects Hours of Enactus Involvement People Directly Impacted
10 268 27 75,911 2,913

 

 

National Competition Winners

Year Winners
2004 Africa University
2005 University of Zimbabwe
2006 University of Zimbabwe
2007 University of Zimbabwe
2008 University of Zimbabwe
2009 Africa University
2010 Chinhoyi University of Technology
2011 Chinhoyi University of Technology
2012 Midlands State University
2013 University of Zimbabwe
2014 University of Zimbabwe
2015 University of Zimbabwe
2016 Chinhoyi University of Technology

Fellows utilize sustainable methods such as participatory approaches which encourage ownership to ensure that the projects remain running after their exit. Most projects are based on millennium development goals as well as the existing challenges being faced by Zimbabweans, such as youth unemployment, women empowerment, poverty, climate change and environmental degradation. Other projects focus on creativity as well as innovation methods by either the Fellows or the beneficiaries, which results in the technological advancement of our community at large. Below is a summary of the some projects by some of the teams.
Teams’ Performance at World Cup
– Zimbabwean performance on the global platform has been fairly exceptional.

  • 2005 World Cup in Canada, Zimbabwe won the World Cup and was the first African country to ever win the World Cup.
  • 2009 World Cup in Germany, Zimbabwe reached the semi-finalist teams.
  • 2011 World Cup in Malaysia, Zimbabwe was the first runner up.
  • 2012 World Cup in Washington D.C, Zimbabwe came fourth.
  • 2013 World Cup in Cancun, Mexico, Zimbabwe reached the Semi-Final Round League
  • 2015 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, Zimbabwe reached Semi-Final Round League

 

Some of the Success Stories

  • Gre-Cycling (Going Green) 

In 2012 Midlands State University implemented this project which utilized the principles of reverse engineering to invent a plastic recycling contraption called the Gre-Cycler to convert plastic to fuel which is then sold to the community thereby cleaning the environment and generating income for 12 widows in the Senga/Nehosho area in Gweru. This project was also internationally recognized through the Dell Challenge in which the team competed and made it to the semi-finals. The project has since been coveted on the international platform for replication in Ghana and Haiti. 

  • Billnovation 

In 2013 University of Zimbabwe implemented a project in Karoi which focused on 50 young people getting employment and environmental preservation. The team linked the participants with Continental Outdoor Media to supply used billboard plastic material that the participants used in some of their upholstery as raw materials in their furniture production. The team managed to secure 800 trees that were planted in and around Karoi and partnered with International Labour Organization to provide training and buying of equipment for the participants to improve the quality of their products.

  • Sani-saver/MyPads 

In 2015 University of Zimbabwe started a business manufacturing low cost reusable sanitary pads that helped more than 20,000 young ladies in rural areas to access sanitary health services. This team made it to the Semi Finals of the Enactus World Cup, a great affirmation of their hard work.

For more information visit ENACTUS website