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?

The Tutu Tester Van

THE PROBLEM: Stigma surrounding HIV in South Africa often prevents individuals from seeking HIV testing.   THE CHALLENGE: It is very difficult to treat for and prevent HIV if an individual does not know his or her status. Stigma surrounding this disease prevents...

TotoHealth

THE PROBLEM: Recent statistics show that 9.2 million children under 5 years of age die every year, many of which are a result of preventable diseases (WHO statistics). Maternal mortality rates are also high in developing regions, with over 800 women dying every day...

Gifted Mom

THE PROBLEM: In Cameroon, 148 infants die per every 1,000 live births, giving it the18th highest mortality rate for children under 5 years old in the world, according to UNICEF.   THE CHALLENGE: Cameroonian mothers from lower socio economic backgrounds do not always...

The Leak-Less Valve for leaking toilets

THE PROBLEM: Water wastage is a critical matter in South Africa. According to the World Health Organization, South Africa’s water consumption will exceed availability by 2025. That’s only 10 years away!   THE INSIGHT: A leaking toilet can waste up to 700 liters of...

Solar Ear by Deaftronics

THE PROBLEM: There are over 200 million people with a hearing impairment in Africa. While many people are lucky enough to have hearing aids, keeping them charged is difficult because extreme temperatures quickly drain battery power, so batteries do not last long in...

Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

THE PROBLEM: Every year, one million babies die during childbirth, and another one million die within their first month of life. Half a million mothers die annually from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. 99% of these deaths happen in developing countries....

Dry Bath

THE PROBLEM: 3 billion people in the world do not have access to clean water. Without clean water there is a low level of hygiene and people suffer from sicknesses such as Trachoma. Trachoma is caused by an infection of the bacteria Chlamydia trachoma. The condition...

GoMetro

THE PROBLEM: Public transportation in South Africa has a reputation for being unreliable. Trains, particularly Metrorail, and buses are often delayed without informing users — resulting in a ‘communication blackout’ whereby citizens do not know how or when they...

Transport Revolution

THE PROBLEM: The majority of people travelling from Khayelitsha and other townships use the train because it is cheap and affordable. But, the trains are not safe, are often delayed, have long ticket queues, and can have a shortage of paper for printing tickets....

Project Masiluleke

THE PROBLEM: South Africa has more HIV positive citizens than any country in the world. In some provinces, more than 40% of the population are infected. Despite widespread availability of HIV testing at government clinics and free anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, less...