Lesego Serolong Holzapfel is a 2019 Tutu Fellow. She was listed Mail & Guardian Top 200 young South Africans, Standard Bank Top Woman of the Year & received the Trail Blazer Presidential Award. She is CEO and founder of Bokamoso Impact Investments.
Lesego completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Social Policy and Development at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
She also with Neil, her husband, founded Raise the Children International in 2008. Lesego, being a South African orphan herself, has always had a deep desire to give back to the community that raised her and to mentor and empower the many that share her story.
Lesego is passionate about Agriculture and African leadership as part of core entrepreneurial drivers that she speaks and teaches about...
She describes herself as Mission-driven. Risk taker. Compassionate.
"The scholarship boosted my academic and intellectual foundation and pan-African network to help launch my businesses driving social impact at the bottom of the pyramid.
My dream is to identify and invest in youth led enterprises with a high potential for growth, job creation, and social and economic impact.
I believe Africa’s agricultural value chain offers ideal, fertile soil to build out this ecosystem. After my masters at the LSE I founded Bokamoso Foods to package and manufacture food products for retail and wholesale markets.
My passion for mentoring and up-skilling rural farmers prompted me to launch Bokamoso Impact Investments, a consulting/advisory firm currently doing monitoring and evaluation for National Treasury’s Jobs Fund on the impact of funding on small scale emerging black cattle farmers across South Africa.
I am a co-founder of Raise The Children International, a non-profit company unleashes the potential of servant leaders. Raise the Children identifies high potential orphans from rural areas and funds secondary boarding school scholarships beginning in grade 8.
We have 27 orphan scholars in the program today and 15+ currently enrolled in tertiary schooling or working.