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Hope Mapheto

Mosa Hope Mapheto, 26, started a youth-led vegetable farm in 2016 that now provides employment and food to 13 young people in her hometown of Ga Mphahlele, Limpopo. The vegetable garden consists of a hectare of land in a backyard garden where young people grow, among other things, spinach and beetroot that they sell to the local community. They also supply veggies to the local Spar and Boxer stores. 

Mapheto studied Information Technology at Unisa. After an admin internship at the University of Pretoria, she did some research on the concept of social entrepreneurship and decided to start the vegetable garden to help solve unemployment and malnutrition in her hometown.

Mapheto says that, due to the poor quality of education they receive, she realised that young people in the area had no hope of being employed. Her wish is to start more vegetable farms across Limpopo and grow them into a large business. She is a finalist in the Seed Academy’s #AccelerateHer competition, and hopes to receive funding to expand her business. She is an alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative.

In her free time, the social entrepreneur gives motivational talks and mentors Grade 10 and 12 students. Having identified access to information as a major obstacle to further education, she and her friends visit schools in the area and help students find online courses to study after school, and connect them to young professionals who they can “job shadow”.

Nominated in category: Visionary

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