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Enactus Durham National Champions 2023, winning team celebrating with trophy

Our National Championship winning team from Enactus Durham, is heading to Utrecht in the Netherlands on 17 October to compete against 32 other countries in the Enactus World Cup. They will be showcasing the Taka Taka Zero project in their 12-minute pitch.

Taka Taka Zero, is based in Kibera, Kenya and tackles domestic waste, youth unemployment and food insecurity through a safe waste disposal system known as "The Community Cooker". The project has been running for two years and over that time has had a positive impact of the lives of hundreds of people living in the Mathare settlement.

Enactus Durham

Enactus Durham, the student organisation that develops social enterprise projects, currently have four active projects. University Enactus Adviser, Rachel Bickerdike, said “We are all so incredibly proud of this team. All Enactus Durham students are so passionate about doing good in the world and they have developed four amazing projects that are helping people here in Durham and across the world. I can’t wait to see them pitch on the stage in Utrecht – no matter what happens, we will be celebrating all they have achieved this year!”

Support for Taka Taka Zero

Following the win at the national competition in April, the team caught the attention of the Ford Family Foundation, who kindly donated £30,000 to support the scaling of the Taka Taka Zero project. The Ford Foundation provides funding opportunities for not-for-profits who are using enterprise to create impact at scale.  Laura Pulleyn, Managing Director of the Foundation said:

“The Ford Family Foundation is incredibly excited to be able to support Taka Taka Zero and the incredible work they are doing across Nairobi. They are already bringing education, equal employment opportunities and environmental improvement to communities in need and we know that with the Foundation’s funding they will only accelerate their growth and ability to create change. It is a real pleasure to be able to support future change makers and we look forward to seeing what’s next for the team.”

Enactus Durham have also been kindly supported to travel to the World Cup by
Durham University Venture Lab,  Student Enrichment Team and Durham University Business School.

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