Brin Enterkin changes lives in Uganda and looks forward to a lifetime of service
Well before graduating from Berry College in 2012, Brin Enterkin had already made a positive impact on the world. Teaching micro-finance during her summer break in Uganda in 2009 inspired her to help build a new micro-lending structure from the ground up. It’s a far cry from her dream job growing up, which was to be a garbage woman, an occupation she says she thought of as “dangling off of the back of the truck singing show tunes at the top of my lungs.”
A longtime friend of the Sullivan Foundation, Enterkin has served as a facilitator for the retreat weekends as well as a teaching assistant for the Costa Rica Summer Institute in 2012. She strongly encourages other students to take part in Sullivan programs.
“The retreat is an excellent opportunity to brainstorm through big ideas and connect with like-minded folks to change the world,” she says.
Enterkin’s first project while a student was creating The African SOUP (The Sponsorship for Orphans in Uganda Project) (http://theafricansoup.org), which initially focused on education and malnutrition challenges. What started as fundraising efforts to feed vulnerable children has now morphed into a formalized primary school with 352 students attending. SOUP is registered as a 501(c)3 based out of Atlanta, Georgia, and a registered INGO in Uganda. The organization is hoping to expand its reach and is always looking for passionate partners to join them in their mission.
Enterkin also founded Berry Nonprofit Strategic Services, a student-operated enterprise which assists non-profit organizations with marketing, fundraising, website development, and multiple aspects of branding and launching a non-profit.
In short, it was a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time, even for the most ambitious of college students. Now that she’s graduated, Enterkin hasn’t let up one bit.
Her latest adventure involves a return to Uganda as CEO of Lion’s Thread (www.lionsthread.com), a company marketing high-quality hand-made bow ties crafted by Ugandan women from African textiles. With profits providing money for salaries, entrepreneurship training, and seed funding, the goal of Lion’s Thread is to provide Ugandan women the opportunity to one day start a business of their own. Enterkin and her business partner, Sydney Hulebak, received a $4,000 Resolution Project grant for the venture from Hulebak’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative.
“I feel called to live and serve in Uganda for the rest of my life,” Enterkin says. “That being said, I could also see myself taking a few years to explore graduate school. I might also go to the moon—a wise man once said, ‘dare greatly.’ This means I may remain in the rural village of Nabikalbala or I might serve in public office in the U.S.”