• Empowering individuals to contribute to our economy and community through entrepreneurship in the green industry

    Igalelo runs a 12-month pre-incubation program based in Mitchell's Plain in Cape Town. The program focuses on the empowerment of young people, especially women, from underserved communities characterized by high unemployment rate, social exclusion and lack of opportunities. From ideation to market access, we provide 15 grass-root entrepreneurs with the necessary skills to start their own businesses. The training program has four main components: training sessions, mentoring, networking and acceleration.


    We spur an entrepreneurial culture at a very large scale by serving individuals from the townships of Khayelitsha, Mitchell's Plain, Gugulethu, Manenberg, Langa and Philippi in the Western Cape area.










  • Promoting and supporting exceptional female entrepreneurs

    While women bring a unique insight to our greatest social and environmental challenges, few initiatives exist at the local and global scale to promote women leadership in social entrepreneurship. Mindful of this, Igalelo encourages women to be recognized as entrepreneurs for the creation of their own ventures. To do so, Igalelo partners with ELLE South Africa to highlight women leaders across the nation pursuing innovative solutions to the biggest social and environmental challenges of our times.


    In partnership with INCO, ELLE South Africa and Igaleo have created a unique award dedicated to South African female social entrepreneurs, the “ELLE IMPACT² AWARD”. Female entrepreneurs from all around the country enter the competition and the winner is selected by a prestigious jury. The winner is portrayed by ELLE South Africa magazine and receives business support from Igalelo. The 2016 winner was Thato Kgatlhanye for her project Repurpose Schoolbags. The recent 2017 winner was Nonhlanhla Joye from Umgibe Farming Organics.


    ELLE South Africa IMPACT² is part of a global competition: the ELLE IMPACT² AWARD. National competitions are driven in 8 other countries. All the national finalists meet in Paris for the Impact² Ceremony, and an outstanding award is granted to one Laureate chosen among them.



  • MEET Thato

    Thato Kgatlhanye was elected Laureate of the 2nd ELLE IMPACT² AWARD in Paris in April 2016, among eight other candidates.


    Thato is the founder of Rethaka Trading and the creator of Repurpose School Bags, a South African for-profit social enterprise that specializes in green innovative solutions for social development. Her Repurpose Schoolbag is a practical and sustainable solution to a major problem for many kids living in rural and non-electrified parts of South Africa. At the end of the school day, many children have to follow an arduous trek along busy and dangerous roads to get back home in time to complete their homework before sunset. Repurpose designs school bags from up-cycled plastic bags, integrating solar technology that charges during the day and transforms into light for school kids to study after dark.