We’ve collected inspiring stories of South African and African entrepreneurs from all walks of life who have taken matters into their own hands and developed innovative and effective solutions to community problems. From promoting education and sanitation to women’s health, these individuals are making a difference in their communities: will you be next?

Sakhulife

  THE PROBLEM: The community in the Hout Bay township face issues with poverty, hunger and gangsterism. THE INSIGHT: The girls have a very successful garden at their school and a love for gardening which they could share with their community. THE CHALLENGE:...

Electricity Monitor

  THE PROBLEM: Electricity has become unaffordable for many households. A big cause of this is a rise in electricity prices in South Africa. THE INSIGHT: If you reduce your energy consumption you won’t have to pay as much for your electricity bill. THE CHALLENGE:...

Career Explore

THE PROBLEM: Many high school students do not know what they want to do after school. This leads to poor subject choices. THE INSIGHT: Many students are not exposed to a variety of careers. THE CHALLENGE: Create a means for students to learn about different career...

Ezy Recyclable

THE PROBLEM: Khayelitsha has many areas were rubbish is dumped and not taken away. This is an eye-sore and is unhygenic. THE INSIGHT: What if the organic waste could be made useful? THE CHALLENGE: Create something of value from organic waste. THE SOLUTION: A compost...

Amaqhawe

THE PROBLEM: Many people in Khayelitsha struggle with financial management. This often leads to bad cases of debt. THE INSIGHT: Basic financial advice doesn’t necessarily have to come from a professional financial advisor. THE CHALLENGE: To create a means for people...

Health Watch

THE PROBLEM: Many people in Khayelitsha lack basic access to health care. This results in serious illness or even death from diseases that could be easily cured or avoided. THE INSIGHT: What if people had easy access to a means to informing them about whether they...

Long Walk From Loadshedding

THE PROBLEM: Due to loadshedding people do not have access to electricity. Students struggle to study during these times without lighting. Many students also have to walk a long way to get home from school. THE INSIGHT: What if the students could generate electricity...

PRESS Ukungaluthando

THE PROBLEM: The PRESS girls noticed that their friends were frustrated because of a lack of access to basic goods, such as toiletries, in their school hostel. Some of the girls couldn’t afford some of these goods. At times this leads to girls having no access to...

Team Greenhouse

THE PROBLEM: The planet is suffering from industrialization as each country’s carbon footprint increases rapidly every year. Also, specifically in South Africa, massive unemployment and malnutrition is rampant in poor communities   THE CHALLENGE: Many people do not...