- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A business in Uganda that converts straws into bags, mats and other jewelry will get some business help this spring from a group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students.

The 13 engineering and business students will travel to Uganda over their spring break to meet with the Kinawataka Women Initiatives organization. They will leave Saturday and return March 27.

The business students will present a plan to accelerate the growth of the business. And the engineering students designed and built a machine that will automate the process of flattening straws, which is currently done by hand.

Amy Demers says she’s excited about the trip because she’ll have a chance to help people and apply what she’s learned. Demers is a junior from Blair studying accounting.

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