Thato Kgatlhanye

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01/21/2021 - 15:35
Finalist 2015

Thato Kgatlhanye

SOUTH AFRICA
Rethaka Trading
Recycles plastic shopping bags into solar powered schoolbags that charge up during the day and transform into a light at night.

Thato Kgatlhanye launched her company when she was 18. As she was about to start her undergraduate degree, she came up with an idea to help underprivileged pupils who face challenges with their education. Rethaka – literally meaning “we are fellows” – encourages children to attend school and learn effectively.

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