Enactus Students in China Turn Coffee Grounds into Fertile Grounds

Nov 4, 2014 12:00 PM ET
Campaign: See Opportunity
Coffee grounds or fertile grounds, what do you see?

Coffee grounds or fertile grounds, what do you see?

How can you earn money through agriculture in a big city? A Chinese Enactus team created mushroom farms with used coffee grounds. The grow bags require little space or sunlight, making them a perfect solution for urban dwellers seeking increased incomes. The 99 participants in the project sell the mushrooms at local markets, which helped them realize an increase of 40% in their monthly incomes. Through the project, 8,600 kilos of used coffee grounds were repurposed to make a better life for those in need.

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Enactus is an international organization dedicated to enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for university students to collaborate with business and academic leaders in the development of entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. The quality and impact of the students’ projects are evaluated by leading executives through a series of regional, national and global competitions. The Enactus experience not only transforms the lives of the people we serve, it also transforms the lives of the students as they develop into entrepreneurially-minded, socially-responsible leaders.

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