Bradley co-founded WSV as a sustainable approach to international development. With the support of Enactus and the University of Southampton, WSV has developed three main business models that have enabled people with low economic prospects to generate income, whilst providing a service that benefits the community.
SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
Isabelle founded Solid’Africa to help provide an integrated service to people in hospitals in Rwanda. Solid’Africa works with 3,000 patients across two hospitals in Kigali. Solid’Africa runs several different projects to help people without adequate access to healthcare.
Jennifer Kamara founded World Health Equity (WHE) to promote equal access to healthcare in impoverished communities. She created a health clinic in Bamoi, Sierra Leone, which treated over 2,500 people. Residents previously had to walk five miles for medical treatment. Most could not afford the standard $10 hospital consultation fees. WHE provided medical consultation for $1, plus subsidised drugs and medical procedures, including vaccinations against typhoid, malaria and diphtheria.
In 2013 Savaye and Mandisa created the Di Fthatani Project to help local people living in Townships in South Africa overcome hunger by teaching them a simple innovative farming method called tunnel farming. This method used people’s basic knowledge of agriculture to plant fresh vegetables under a tunnel and allows them to grow in a controlled environment, using less water and space than a normal garden. The vegetables planted were carefully selected based on the vitamin and mineral deficiencies present within the community, such as vitamin A and zinc.
Harvest Craft seeks to equip, educate, and empower communities in developing countries through sustainable food production systems. Agricultural methods, like agroecology, are used where livestock, crops, and trees are working together to feed communities sustainably. Many people living in poor communities have poor access to food i.e. suffer from food insecurity.
Eat Better Wa’ik is a not-for-profit association in Guatemala dedicated to creating food awareness and fighting malnourishment based on five principals: education, access to food, budget, tastes, and adequate food intake for specific ages. It works within the entire food chain, from its production, purchase, consumption, and waste/composting. The focus is on middle to low income urban families in Guatemala. The aim is to help parents make good, knowledgeable decisions about the food and nutrients they consume and give to their children.
Rumaitha works in aquaculture to respond to the changing agricultural landscape in Oman. Rumaitha worked with farmers whose groundwater sources had been contaminated with seawater, leaving them unsuitable for traditional agricultural use. Using aquaculture, 15 farmers have been able to transform their land into productive fish farms. Studying aquaculture at postgraduate level, Rumaitha focused her masters thesis on the viability of installing tilapia farms on farmland that was no longer fit for agricultural use.
Bonita Sharma founded SOCHAI to improve nutritional health for nursing mothers and young children and to economically empower marginalised women through business opportunities. Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of child mortality in Nepal, causing more than 60% of child deaths. To address this issue, SOCHAI devised the Youth For Nutrition Project which provides nutritional education to pregnant women and new mothers when they visit local health centres.
Nino Nanitashvili has joined her dutch colleagues Jonne Catshoek and Mark van Embden Andres to release Traktor, a decision support tool to help farmers increase their productivity. Traktor is an app launched by a joint Dutch-Georgian team (with assistance from People in Need, the EU, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Dutch Embassy in Georgia) aimed at modernizing agriculture throughout the country. The Traktor app has 10,000 downloads, with as many as 37,000 people using the Traktor platform during peak times.
Happy Arnold founded Youth in Agriculture for Economic Development (YAED) in January 2015 to encourage young people in Malawi to pursue a career in agriculture. The average age of a farmer in Malawi is 65 and this is a threat to their future food security. YAED seeks to reverse trends of young people moving to large cities for jobs by demonstrating the benefits of working in agriculture.