Pelonomi Ratshwene-Lesedi

  • 2017 Dartmouth Mandela Washington Fellow

  • Botswana

Pelonomi Ratshwene-Lesedi founded Tlhago Investments, which draws inspiration from nature to produce innovative products and services that will sustainably develop poverty stricken households. As a social entrepreneur, her vision is to empower 1 million entrepreneurs to facilitate the construction of 1 million houses for the poor throughout the world. Pelonomi’s philanthropic journey began in her home country of Botswana, and she hopes the Mandela Washington Fellowship will help her work towards her goal of building those houses. She believes that through consolidated efforts and choice partnerships, she can lead the households in operating fruitful micro-businesses that will ensure the families a decent daily meal and enable them to live dignified lives.