Teams of business and engineering students tackle a real life project in Uganda to assist Kinawataka
Women Initiatives. Students will complete a social entrepreneurship project provided by award-winning
social entrepreneur Benedicta Nanyonga, founder of Kinawataka Women Initiatives. Students will also be
immersed in the East African culture through food, community service, excursions (e.g. Safari),
company/business visits, and meet-ups.
Project information: Nanyonga repurposes drinking straws by using them as raw materials to make bags,
wears, mats and other accessories. She manually flattens the straws one at a time, and although she has
employed over 700 women, her current approach is extremely time consuming and inefficient.
Students Engineering students will focus on building a portable machine that could flatten 100
straws per minute. Business students provide business consulting service to Kinawataka Women Initiatives.
Students earn 3 credits in BSAD 491. Engineering students must work with Professor Bill Dick prior to
departure to be allowed to substitute BSAD 491 for ENGR 490. (Office: W331 NH, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Participants will stay in hotels in Kampala. In-country meals will be arranged and will take place
at a variety of locations, such as Ugandan restaurants. Students will have the opportunity to experience
Ugandan culture through meet-ups and food. In-country transportation will be provided through a local
guide. U.S. citizens will be issued a visa upon arrival at the Entebbe airport.
Any UNL undergraduate student in good academic standing with at least a 2.5 GPA is eligible to apply.
Apply online by November 1, 2015
Numerous scholarships are offered for study abroad programs. Check with the UNL Office of Scholarships
and Financial Aid to see if your current scholarships can be applied or if there are others available,
(402) 472-2030. Students should also check with the Education Abroad website and the CBA Scholarships
website for more information.
Check the CBA Scholarships webpage for more information.
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