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Club Spotlight: Strathmore Enactus Club Provides an Avenue for Social Entrepreneurship

Strathmore University Enactus Club was formed in the year 2012 by students who wished to promote social entrepreneurship in the university. By then, there was no club in Strathmore that catered for the interests of students who were keen on nurturing social entrepreneurship.

Social entrepreneurship is an exciting concept where individuals come up with innovative solutions which aim at solving societal problems. Social entrepreneurs are ambitious and persistent in expending their energies towards major social issues.

Enactus Club has therefore grown to be what it is now, one of the most active clubs at the University. The club is open to all students who are passionate about social entrepreneurship. It is well designed to enhance efficiency and attainment of goals laid out each academic year. In addition, the club runs with clear cut responsibilities spelt out to club officials and members. This enhances unity among members because everyone feels part and parcel of the club.

Project

The Enactus Club is currently running a Hydroponic farming project in conjunction with Olympic primary school in Kibra, who donated a portion of its land for the project. Hydroponic farming is a high quality, cost-effective and sustainable way of farming, which entails growing crops using mineral nutrient solutions in water, reducing the need for soil.

The Hydroponic type of farming requires a level of expertise, a factor that drew the club to seek partnership with Hydroponics Kenya who train the members on the best farming practises to use. The club mainly outsources labour from community members, who in return earn wages for rendering their services.

Awards

The club has an award to its name, Second Runners up Position in the Eco Manyatta Africa (EMA) Project in 2015. This is a testament of its hard work and focus.

The club has also been recognised by Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) firm, culminating in the signing of a partnership between the club and the firm. This partnership is significant to the club members because it will provide the necessary networking linkage between the personnel at the firm and the students.

The Enactus Club also enjoys technical support from the Strathmore Business School (SBS).

The Future of the Club

In the days ahead, the club plans to start an irrigation farming project in Kajiado County and follow it up closely with other projects. The club’s long term goal is to prosper and leave behind an indelible mark in the society through projects it has initiated.

Membership to the club does not go unnoticed because in their 4th year of study, a certificate of recognition for continued effort in supporting the club is awarded to the students.

Students who wish to join the club are required to register by paying a fee Kshs. 150. In every meeting, an additional Kshs. 2o or more, contribution is given in an effort to raise funds for the club. The giving is dubbed as the 20+ difference.

For further details, students can reach the club through enactus@strathmore.edu

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