Enactus Introduces SmartGro App to Minimise the Spread of COVID-19 Among Students
With the partial opening of universities under lockdown Level 3, Enactus UKZN is getting geared up to deliver students’ needs with their web-based application, SmartGro Essential Services.
As one of the 14 global Enactus teams chosen as finalists in the Ford Fund COVID-19 College Challenge, Enactus UKZN developed SmartGro to minimise the spread of the virus.
The web-based application allows customers to buy their essential grocery needs and have them delivered from the comfort and safety of their homes. It currently operates in and around the Durban Central Business District and has been operational since the beginning of April 2020.
Primarily developed for students, SmartGro extended its service offerings to households who needed them the most after the national lockdown was announced two weeks before their launch. With the re-opening of universities, Enactus says they are focused on targeting the student market as they return to campuses and student residences. This will prevent large numbers of students from travelling to and from their residences and safeguard them from being exposed to COVID-19 in supermarkets, buses and taxis.
As an initiative developed by students for students, SmartGro will offer a variety of healthy cost-effective meals and bulk purchase discounts. It will enable students to buy food products from other student businesses; share student-friendly recipes; and will provide virtual financial literacy and digital budgeting workshops for financially illiterate students, alleviating poor financial management, which is a contributor to food insecurity. The “buy a student groceries” drive will be launched to enable the University community to support needy students to fight food insecurity.
Managed by eight students, SmartGro ensures that all delivery personnel are equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), putting the safety of their staff and customers first.
They have also partnered with Wa Azania Aroma to provide products that protect against the coronavirus including 70% alcohol concentrated hand sanitisers, anti-bacterial tea tree hand liquid soap, anti-bacterial shower gel and a lemongrass soap bar.
To place your order on SmartGro please click on the link https://www.smartgro.co.za/
Words: Hlengiwe Khwela