- Thato Kgatlhanye was lauded on social media on Tuesday for her innovative invention that is transforming the lives of school children
- Her up-cycled schoolbags are made from plastic and are solar-powered
- Kids from impoverished communities are benefiting from the bag as it doubles up as a solar-powered light to assist with their studies
Thato Kgatlhanye received acclaim for her innovative creation recently.
Although her invention was completed quite some time ago, her work was shared via social media on Tuesday.
Twitter user, @ChristoThurston, shared an inspirational video, which provides the insight into the amazing woman and her invention.
The up-cycled schoolbags are made from plastic and it is this material that inspired Kgatlhanye.
After seeing school kids carrying their books in plastic bags, Kgatlhanye was determined to help them find a better solution.
The ingenious thing is that she used the very same material to solve the problem.
By using plastic to create her bags, she’s helping to save the environment.
It gets even better though, as the innovative bag is equipped with a solar-powered light.
After a day of walking to school and back, the light is fully charged.
It can then be easily removed from the bag and used as a light at night.
Children living in townships and other impoverished communities are now benefiting from the idea as it gives them the ability to study at night even where there is no electricity.
Briefly.co.za noted that Kgatlhanye previously received recognition for her innovation as she was a winner at the Elle Impact Awards in 2016.
Her emphasis is on being a force for social good and believes that profit should be a by-product of that.
She says, “Yes, I’m very business minded, but I have so much empathy for people and how business can actually be in that space, and profit not be a driver, but coming as a consequence of actually doing good in the community.”
Social media users were blown away to hear of Kgatlhanye’s incredible achievement.
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