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?

BRainStorm

THE PROBLEM: There is limited access to clean water in rural areas and townships of South Africa.   THE CHALLENGE: In poor areas, there are few water taps meaning people have to travel long distances to fetch water. The tap-water system is unreliable, as...

Kinkajou Portable Library

THE PROBLEM: One in five adults worldwide do not know how to read and its mostly common in Africa, up to 75% of the population of people are unable to read. A major delay in learning how to read and write is the unavailability of electricity at night-time in rural...

Lumkani

THE PROBLEM: When fires start in informal settlements, they cause serious damage. A fire in one shack quickly moves to others nearby.   THE INSIGHT: Most fire alarms are smoke detectors. But think about it… where there is smoke there is fire…. but maybe...

The Lightie

THE PROBLEM: Everyday, 2 billion people are exposed to complete darkness as a result of insufficient or nonexistent access to electricity. 2 million of those individuals often result to using paraffin lanterns or candles, which are detrimental to their health and...

Speaking Books

THE PROBLEM: Illiteracy affects over 1 billion individuals globally. These individuals often lack access to important “health care information, education, loans, job insurance and more.”   THE CHALLENGE: Investment in literacy programs can be significant and...

Hippo Water Roller

THE PROBLEM: In many communities lacking access to water, women and children are tasking with walking long distances to collect water from wells. Many walk over 6 km a day with heavy buckets on their head. In fact, women worldwide spend over 200 million hours on this...

SavvyLoo

THE PROBLEM: Sanitation issues in rural areas are often a result of a scarcity of water, disease, and environmental limitations. Additionally, there are over 2 million households lacking access to proper sanitation access in South Africa.   THE CHALLENGE: Affordable...

Winsenga

THE PROBLEM: According to the United Nations, “a woman dies from complications in child birth every minute” and “eight million babies die before or during delivery or in the the first week of life.” Many of these deaths could be prevented with access to trained...

FouFouMix Machine

THE PROBLEM: FouFou, a popular West African dish, requires the pounding of yams, often by mortar and pestle. Preparation duties often fall upon women, limiting their productive output for the day and resulting in wear on the body.   THE CHALLENGE: How can the dish be...

The Street Store

THE PROBLEM: South Africa is a country of very visible inequality. Many want to help the homeless individuals, but aren’t sure how to go about doing so effectively. For the homeless, begging is a degrading and dehumanizing act, but often their only means of obtaining...