Faculty of Technology of Mohammedia; Mohammedia, Morocco
The Faculty of Technology of Mohummedia students developed a concept to recycle plant-based waste into fire briquettes. This new accelerant will emit less carbon dioxide and will be less expensive compared to wood and coal.
The team will utilize readily available green waste such as nutshells, peels and olive pomace to create the briquettes. These briquettes will bring an environmentally-friendly heating source for low-income families in rural areas. The team aims to turn their solution into a social enterprise by hiring unemployed individuals to produce and sell the briquettes while improving their livelihoods.
Higher Instituer of Commerce and Business Administration; Casablanca, Morocco
The Enactus team at Higher Instituer of Commerce and Business Administration launched their Imprinted project to develop a bracelet utilizing GPS technology to help families monitor their loved ones who have Alzheimer's and related diseases.
This technology will improve the health and safety of individuals with Alzheimer's by enabling family members to find their location should they wander away on their own. The bracelet is water-resistant and equipped with an alarm that is triggered when the user crosses a specific geographic limit. Linked to a mobile application, the device allows the families to quickly locate their loved ones. Imprinted will also provide training and job opportunities for unemployed individuals who will manufacture the bracelets to support their own livelihoods.
Horticultural Complex of Agadir; Agadir, Morocco
The Horticultural Complex of Agadir students saw an opportunity to repurpose horse waste in their area by transforming waste into vermicompost.
The team will empower low-income carriage drivers to produce organic fertilizer and earthworms that can be sold to area farmers, benefiting both target groups. Carriage drivers, who average only $130 in monthly income, can earn an additional $240 each month by selling their organic products. In turn, farmers will benefit with new access to affordable, organic fertilizer, which improves soil quality and increases water retention by 300 per cent.
Écoles Nationales des Sciences Appliquées Agadir; Agadir, Morocco
The National School of Applied Science students created an innovative project, SolHeat, to heat water using solar energy.
The team aims to meet the urgent need of rural residents who struggle to access hot water. With expensive gas and electric water heaters being out of reach, residents often burn wood to heat their water, causing air pollution and health dangers. The team designed a simple apparatus using mirrors, copper pipes, insulation and other materials to convert solar energy into thermal energy to produce hot water. Residents will be trained to produce and sell the product to generate income while providing an affordable means for hot water in their community.