Real People. Real Struggles. Real Stories. For 33 years, NCC has carried out a variety of projects from coloring books and boardgames to small business consultation and advertising campaigns - all with the mission of providing a hand up rather than a hand out. Below are some of our key projects for the 2020-21 academic year.
Conscious Bean Coffee was created through our partnership with a farmers association in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala. We strive to achieve success and create a socially conscious mindset with our coffee project. Over the last 15 years, our direct trade partnership with our coffee farmers has helped them form a self-sustainable business that empowers them to reinvest in their families and community.
Through our network of Guatemalan farmers, we were introduced to Mirna Rojas, a fifth generation chocolatier. Mirnas primarily woman-run business, Doña Pancha, enables her to carry out her familys 150 year legacy and preserve chocolates rich history. Through Enactus, Doña Pancha organic chocolates are sold under the name XELA.
The coffee lab was launched in May of 2019, with the support of North Central College to help further our project and learning opportunities for students on campus. Our 15 year direct trade partnership with coffee farmers has now expanded and exceeded our expectations. The space allows us to maximize our potential and helps us effectively roast and package our coffee as well as create events for the campus community.
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Community Access Naperville (C.A.N.) is an organization that helps differently-abled adults gain skills that are transferable to the workplace. Once a month, our team invites C.A.N. to NCC to help us package our single-serving coffee pods. This partnership provides C.A.N. members with the opportunity to gain those hard and soft skills before applying to jobs. One recent participant beamed with pride when he shared with us that he was hired at the local grocery store!
We created a partnership with a new credit union founded in one of our rural Guatemalan partner communities. It offers financial products and services that focus on sustainable community development. Currently, we are working on recruiting investors, translating materials, researching various regulations, developing a commercial and other promotional materials for their use.
We are proud to partner with our talented and creative Guatemalan artisans to sell a variety of items including scarves, earrings, and bags. While visiting our partners in Guatemala students involved in Enactus learn about the different weaving techniques as well as the cultural significance behind the patterns and colors used. This knowledge is then shared with our team members and customers at sales events.
We saw a need for Enactus teams in our area to receive feedback on projects from industry professionals as well as an opportunity for networking and collaboration. In April of 2019, we held our first annual Project Showcase. In total, five schools presented projects. In addition, social entrepreneur Dennis Barsema provided a keynote on leadership, the University of Illinois presented a workshop, and a networking lunch provided the opportunity to discuss project and team challenges. Awards were given for a variety of project categories including Best New Project and Best Low Budget Project. Enactus Board Members and area professionals served as judges. Topco sponsored the lunch.
Unfortunately, our 2nd Annual Project Showcase scheduled for April 4th was cancelled due to the pandemic.