- Mosa Mopheto is inspiring youth across South Africa with her dedication to creating jobs for youth
- Mosa has already created work for 13 young South Africans on a youth-led farm and hopes to do more
- Her programme - My Tomorrow Academy - is growing fast and will help more young people as it grows
Young Mosa Mopheto is a true inspiration. Not only did the 26-year-old start a youth-led vegetable farming program in 2016, she also won the Regional Business Plan competition in 2017.
The programme is called My Tomorrow Academy and provides employment for 13 young South Africans in her village.
Currently, they grow vegetables in her backyard garden and supply their local Spar and Boxer store with fresh veggies, according to a report by The Sowetan.
Mosa received mentorship from Seed Engine Incubator and have been using the knowledge she gained to achieve her goals.
Along with a partnership from Shell Petroleum, Mosa also did training on how to produce quality bio-diesel from recycled vegetable oil.
The young innovator buys used vegetable oil from restaurants, then bleaches it and resells it.
Mosa inherited a 4-acre farm from her grandfather and plans to have an active farm by December. Her goal is to have many youth-led farms across South Africa in the future.
It has been difficult to prepare the land she inherited for farming because of lack of funding. Mosa needs to get electricity installed on the farm, have the land fenced, build a water reservoir and have a borehole drilled.
But the young woman is far from giving up just because it's been hard. She stated that she may not have an academic background in agriculture, but she learns every day.
She wants bio-diesel to rise in popularity because she sees it as a good alternative to diesel. She says it lasts longer, is more affordable and is more environmentally friendly.
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