projectTHINK was a social enterprise that empowered Western Australian consumers to make environmentally sustainable and socially responsible purchasing choices. We introduced a truly environmentally friendly substitute for plastic bags into the mainstream Australian market; the jute bag, which we call the THINKbag. The THINKbag was produced with social, environmental, and economic factors considered at every stage of the supply chain.
IndGenius empowered Indigenous students to realise their academic potential. We combined academic tutoring with mentorship and cultural awareness to support Indigenous youth through their secondary and tertiary education. Our model saw culturally sensitive tutors support students academically, through one-on-one tutoring, and pastorally, through the development of close ongoing relationships.
ReShoe sought to create sustainable careers for unskilled people in developing nations, while giving those communities access to affordable footwear. We collected secondhand shoes from businesses and schools throughout Western Australia and shipped them to partners in Kenya and Ghana. We then provided our partners with a training package that allowed them to teach vendors basic business fundamentals through a mix of both online and traditional resources.
The Fair Trade Pop-Up Shop
Enactus UWA partnered with Oxfam WA and the WA Fair Trade Collective to create an innovative retail concept aiming to create mainstream demand for fairtrade products in Western Australia. In May 2013, the Fair Trade Pop Up Shop opened in the Perth Central Business Hub (Cnr Hay St and King St) for Fair Trade Fortnight. We received very positive feedback from all customers and stakeholders involved, even being featured on Channel Ten's "The Project".
Mama Shujaa was Enactus UWA's first international venture, which provided a group of single mothers living in the Korogocho slums of Kenya with a stable source of income. In partnership with BeKids Australia, we provided the women with start-up finance and skills training, along with ongoing mentorship, equipping them to set up and run a cafe in the Lucky Summer district, This empowered these women with economic freedom and increased their employability.
Carbon Futures was an innovative online challenge that empowered participants to incorporate environmentally sustainable habits into their everyday lives. Over three weeks, participants competed to make the biggest sustainable reduction to their carbon footprint in the categories of water, transport, and energy consumption.