The 2014–2015 Ford C3 Building Sustainable Communities Project Partnership brought two Brazil and four China Enactus teams into the fold as international winners selected by a panel of Ford Motor Company representatives. Brazil received a $5,000 USD grant to implement these projects.
The two Brazil teams that won the Ford College Community Challenge were among the six participating Enactus teams directly empowering 165 people by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to help to improve their livelihoods. As a result of the students' efforts, six new businesses and 110 new jobs were created, causing a positive ripple effect on 1,969 additional individuals.
Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"I am enjoying the project. I like it because you [Enactus] are here, helping us to develop. We are already learning how to manage our business. Because we work really hard but do not know how to manage it. It is very important to visit the farmers, because we remained a lot of time forgotten, and you are helping us to be remembered." ~ M. Dalila, farmer of Agroprata
The Federal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca students empowered organic farmers to improve their livelihoods by transforming blemished persimmons unfit for sale into profitable vinegar and dried fruit.
The team partnered with Pedra Branca Organic Farming Association (Agroprata), a local organic farming association, to expand their Agroprata/Aggros project from 17 to 42 farmers by the end of the year. After establishing weekly sales at an organic market, the farmers have successfully increased their income while reducing food waste.
While working closely with the farmers, the team recognized the challenge of relying on mules to transport the produce. Now, the engineering students on the team are focusing their efforts on designing a zip line to improve the efficiency of transporting the produce from the farming sites to the association headquarters.
Insper; São Paulo, Brazil
"I left prison, and I had nowhere to go, Renovatio was my hope! Now I can work, I have my home and a future." ~ Alex, glasses producer
The Insper team created employment opportunities for marginalized individuals by training them to produce and sell affordable eye glasses to low-income families. Individuals employed by the Renovatio – VerBem program face a variety of challenges, including homelessness, unemployment and prior imprisonment.
Modeled after OneDollarGlasses technology founded in Germany, the individuals were trained to produce lightweight glasses while volunteer doctors provide prescription services. This year, eight individuals were trained to produce glasses for 700 individuals in need of affordable glasses.