Miami University students can now take a small step toward eliminating hunger and poverty in Africa. EDUN Live on Campus, a student run apparel business, has launched an online store that will allow students to purchase T-shirts that engender economic growth in Africa.
Miami’s chapter of EDUN Live On Campus started its first online store in March, according to senior Danny Sauter, outgoing president of EDUN and vice president of expansion. Sauter, who spearheaded the development of the online store, said EDUN wanted to give individual students the ability to buy T-shirts. EDUN provides shirts for large groups such as student organizations or Greek organizations, but interest from individuals spurred the group to offer shirts on a smaller scale, according to Sauter.
The website sells shirts from past campaigns, but EDUN would like to expand that in the future, according to current EDUN President Sam Monte. The site will eventually have Oxford and Miami themed shirts and shirts for benefits and fundraisers that students might like to purchase.
“Our mission is providing for students who want to support our mission and want to get a shirt, but can’t order 30 for an organization,” Monte said.
Students and larger organizations can order custom made T-shirts from the website as well by filling out a custom order form online, according to Sauter.
“We have a great team of graphic designers that can take your idea and make it a great looking design,” Sauter said.
EDUN also works with its designers to keep prices competitive with those of local screen printers, according to Monte.
Right now, EDUN is focused on providing for Miami students, but they hope to involve other EDUN organizations in the future, said Sauter.
“Right now our goal is small and focused on Miami,” Sauter said. “Our long term goal is to expand to our chapter programs and do things like competitions around designing T-shirts.”
EDUN Live on Campus was founded at Miami in 2006 in partnership with Bono’s EDUN LIVE organization, according to Associate Director in the Center for Social Entrepreneurship Katie Mulligan. The student-run organization has the goal of finding solutions to social issues such as hunger and poverty and maximizing social change, Mulligan said.
“We have a duel mission to provide hands on learning of social entrepreneurship to students and to create economic employment opportunities in Africa,” Mulligan said.
Since 2006, Miami has established EDUN chapters at 15 universities including University of Notre Dame and The Ohio State University, according to Mulligan.
For more information about EDUN, students can visit edunliveoncampus.com. To access the online store, students can go to eloc.storenvy.com.