Paballo Mokoqo

2017 Dartmouth Mandela Washington Fellow
Lesotho

Paballo Mokoqo has over three years of experience as a startup entrepreneur specifically focusing on social and economic development of women in Lesotho. She is the Founding Director of Dust Busters Home Cleaning Services (DBHCS), a domestic cleaning company in Lesotho, whose aim is to professionalize domestic cleaning services and also to serve as a tool to curb the high unemployment rate in the country. Paballo primarily works with disenfranchised women who were not absorbed into the job market due to lack of formal education or training. She is a Political Science and Public Administration graduate from National University of Lesotho and she is currently studying Interior Design with a view to add an interior design component to her business. Paballo is a strong believer in the significant role women 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 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. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Paballo plans to continue her work in empowering women through training and creation of vast work opportunities.

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