Money Moves June 13, 2017 at 09:15 am

Young African Entrepreneurs Make Forbes Africa ’30 Under 30’ 2017 List

Fredrick Ngugi | Contributor

Fredrick Ngugi June 13, 2017 at 09:15 am

June 13, 2017 at 09:15 am | Money Moves

Thato Kgatlhanye, South Africa

Thato Kgatlhanye

Photo credit: Lionesses of Africa

At 18 years old, Thato Kgatlhanye founded Rethaka, a social enterprise that produces recycled schoolbags that double as solar-powered lights that children can use to study at night. The company has 20 permanent employees and supplies its products to organizations, such as Standard Bank, Red Bull, Unilever, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kgatlhanye, 24, has received numerous awards, including the ELLE International Impact Award.

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