Keabetswe Lesholo, from Hammanskraal in north Gauteng, founded Tag-A-Sister in 2016. This organisation is focused on empowering women and young girls, especially those affected by teenage pregnancy and poverty-linked issues.
Lesholo herself was a teenage mother, and credits that experience with where she is today. “What was anticipated to be my biggest failure, has turned out to be my biggest success,” she says. “Not only did I give birth to adorable little beings, it was my rebirth … That has translated into me fully understanding that raising children is not just the responsibility of the immediate family, it does indeed take a village to raise a child.”
Enter Tag-A-Sister. “Our aim is to inspire and motivate [girls] to reclaim their dreams, remain in school and not give up,” Lesholo says. This is achieved through the Adopt-A-Sister mentorship programme, in which the girls are paired with people who are leaders in their fields. The mentors also pledge monthly donations for necessities such as dignity packs and stationery. To date, Tag-A-Sister has worked with 40 girls to help them achieve their dreams. Given the crucial role of education in social and economic development, Tag-A-Sister has also established a virtual tutoring programme for the mentees in grade 12 to assist them with their studies in English, maths and geography.
In addition to her day job as a client support specialist at Sanlam, Lesholo is furthering her own education: she is completing a BCom in investment management and a higher certificate in financial planning. Lesholo is one of the top five finalists in the 2020 Accenture Rising Star Awards.