Join us at Startup Grind Maseru as we Celebrate Female Founders by hosting Maphano Mohapi, Paballo Mokoqo, Mpona Semoli, Keketso Nthongoa and our guest Host Toby (From Mxxl Radio).
Female founders month, is held across the world by all Startup Grind Chapter in over 350 cities in 100 countries. The Month of May features and highlights female entrepreneurs and business owners.The format of the event, is outside the conventional fireside chat style that the chapter often presents its events as. This event will be held at GrindNation (Opposite Dominos Pizza), on Wednesday 30th May, from 6pm - 8:30pm.
Paballo Moqoko, CEO & founder of Dustbusters. This is a startup & social entrepreneurship structured as a cleaning company established in a bid to professionalize domestic cleaning services and economically empower impoverished women in #Lesotho. " More Info >> www.dustbustersafrica.com/about
Maphano Mohapi , She is an award winning entrepreneur with four years of experience in the beauty and rehabilitation industry. She is the founder and managing director of Phano Ea Bophelo Beauty and Rehab Spa, that not only provides traditional spa services but also includes a small cafe. Maphano is a hands-on entrepreneur, working as a nail technician, makeup artist, administrator, and supervisor for her business.
Mpona Semoli, Co-Founder & Director of Botanical Wares. Featured in Lioness Africa, winner of the Bacha Entrepreneurship Project, Botanical Wares (Pty) Ltd is a manufacturing company of organic skincare products and refined petroleum jelly. Registered in October 2015 but started operations in April 2017
Keketso Nthongoa, a model, graphic designer & founder & director of Maseru Fashion Week. Keketso Nthongoa is a Khubetsoana born freelance graphic designer who has worked with winimeds, epic printers & black hair organics. While also currently freelancing for epic printers, she is the in house graphic designer & founder of the Maseru Fashion Week, founded in 2017.
Host Toby (From Mxxl Radio), currently a radio presenter at Mxxl & founder aTobyEvent; an events management startup.
Founder and CEO
Phano ea Bophelo
Founder and MD
Co-Founder & Director
Maseru Fashion Week
Paballo Mokoqo is an innovative enterprising young African who seeks to create solutions for needs that her country has always had. She began her entrepreneurial journey in 2013 as a Founder and CEO of Dust Busters – a cleaning company she created in a bid to professionalize domestic cleaning services and economically empower impoverished women in Lesotho where 56% of people live in extreme poverty. Built from zero external funding, Dust Busters is now a profitable and financially sustainable company, which has been able to create employment opportunities for over 20 Basotho women and counting.
Through these efforts, Paballo was selected among the 6 most innovative start-up entrepreneurs to undergo a business acceleration program for young entrepreneurs funded by Vodacom Lesotho where she was also awarded the winner for best pitch for 2017 cohort.Paballo holds a BA Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from National University of Lesotho. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumna and USADF grantee. She is currently the incoming Curator at the WEF Global Shapers Maseru Hub.
Through these prestigious affiliations, she has been exposed to and makes significant contributions to entrepreneurship and youth development in Lesotho, including spearheading the annual entrepreneurship expo andTHUD Maseru both aimed at spurring initiative among youth and growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem for sustainable development in Lesotho.
Paballo is a strong believer in the significant role women and youth can play in the socioeconomic growth of their nations and she is committed to contributing to the development and growth of institutions that aim to empower women and youth economically. Her dream is to see a Lesotho (an Africa) where opportunities are free for all, and personal effort is what determines a person’s fate.
Maphano Mohapi, an award winning entrepreneur with four years of experience in the beauty and rehabilitation industry. She is the founder and managing director of Phano Ea Bophelo Beauty and Rehab Spa, that not only provides traditional spa services but also includes a small cafe. Maphano is a hands-on entrepreneur, working as a nail technician, makeup artist, administrator, and supervisor for her business.
Following a car accident that left her paralyzed and wheelchair bound twelve years ago, Maphano decided to use her passion for beauty to her advantage and started a business that she would not only enjoy but that would also make others feel good about themselves. Maphano had to adapt to life in a wheelchair and her status as a disabled person. This was not always easy as she dealt with physical challenges, insecurity, failure, anxiety, and lack of self-confidence.
Twelve years on, she has grown into a driven young woman who inspires others with her personal story. She works to fight against discrimination and is a voice and inspiration for the disabled community. After her accident, she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in social work at the National University of Lesotho, where she became an advocate for the disabled.
Her hope is that the country’s disability laws will advance to ensure all people living with disabilities can exercise their basic human rights. Maphano is also an Alumni of Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders' Business & Entrepreneurship training at the University of Iowa
Featured in Lioness Africa, winner of the Bacha Entrepreneurship Project, Botanical Wares (Pty) Ltd is a manufacturing company of organic skincare products and refined petroleum jelly. Registered in October 2015 but started operations in April 2017
Currently, they produce body butter ( we call it Waxeline) and lip balm both made with beeswax, propolis and the extract of prickly pear cactus. Also, they produce refined petroleum jelly that is enhaced with propolis and the extract of prickly pear cactus.
Currently, they are situated in
Thabong Weavers, Masianokeng. Find out more on their Social media links;