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Thato Kgatlhanye

Thato Kgatlhanye

Today we meet Thato Kgatlhanye who came up with an idea to turn plastic bags into school bags that double as solar powered lights that can enable leaners to study after dark, an idea that has won her second place for young African entrepreneurs.

Thato is the founder of Repurpose Schoolbags, a company that creates school bags from up-cycled plastic bags. Integrated solar power packs allows the bags to be charged during the day so that they can be used as lamplights for evening study.

Thato’s idea won her second place for The Anzisha Prize; a competition that awards young Africans between the ages of 15 and 22 who have started innovative businesses and are creating employment and opportunities in African communities.

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