We read with interest last Friday a piece on The Daily Vox, a new online South African news portal, about a 21 year old entrepreneur who won second place in a competition for African entrepreneurs for the idea to turn plastic bags into school bags that double as solar powered lights.
Thato Kgatlhanye is the founder of Repurpose Schoolbags, a company that creates school bags from up-cycled plastic bags. Integrated solar power packs allow the bags to be charged during the day so that they can be used as lamplights for evening study.
The business employs eight full time members of staff and plastic bag collectors who have collected up to 4 000 plastic bags to date.
Kgatlhanye’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.
Listen to her inspiring interview with Kieno.
To find out more you can visit their website.