The joint winner of Real World’s Socially Responsible Student of the Year Award 2008 is continuing his good works…
Last year, 22-year-old Chris Skilton won our award for his work on a bee-keeping project (called Beevelop) he had set up in Ghana as a means of alleviating poverty in poor areas. Ten impoverished accutane dosage families were given ten beehives each so they could sell the honey in order to give them an income. The initiative started over three years ago and things have certainly grown since then. ‘My proudest achievement was setting up the Tichammah co-operative,’ explains Chris. ‘We got together 1,350 bee-keepers who, by using collective bargaining to sell their honey direct to the consumer rather than in accutane birth defects pictures bulk, tripled the price they could charge for it.’ Chris also encouraged them to use excess beeswax, which had previously been thrown away, to make candles and lip balm they viagra could also sell.
Now that project is sustainable, Chris has moved on to a new venture, CEDIS, an NGO that provides micro-finance and entrepreneurship development training. Over the last month CEDIS has launched a successful partnership with the website DEKI, where members of the public can make a loan to a specific individual anywhere in the world. Chris explains: ‘DEKI passes the money on to a field partner (like CEDIS) and we then make the buy accutane loan to the entrepreneur. As the entrepreneur repays the loan CEDIS keeps the interest to cover costs, but the principal is repaid to the lender. The money can then be withdrawn or loaned to another entrepreneur.’
We at Real World are delighted that the partnership between CEDIS and DEKI came about because Vashti Richards (who developed DEKI) read about Chris’s work in Real World. Chris is proud of what he has achieved so far, but has even bigger plans for the future. So, too, do the four finalists in this year’s Real World Awards. The overall winner is to be announced on September 16th, so watch this space!
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