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enactus_students_400x275Students Audrey Awasom, Fiorella Rayme, and Herwina Allyssa wanted to give back to the community.

On their own, they wrote a grant proposal and secured a $1,500 Women’s Economic Empowerment grant from Walmart. They used the money to launch the One Heart project, an educational and outreach program to teach homeless women job readiness skills.

Over a two-month period, partnering with the Montgomery Avenue Women’s Center, the One Heart team conducted workshops on writing resumes, interviewing, managing a budget and more. In addition, the English Department on the Germantown Campus helped to collect professional clothes for a dress for success workshop.

Earlier this year, 11 women graduated from the program and Congressman Chris Van Hollen awarded the project a Congressional citation.

The three students are members of Enactus, a community of students, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. Enactus challenges students who are aspiring entrepreneurs to propose business ideas that would create a lasting social impact.