At 16, Olorato Moatshe started Barrier Breakers, a non-profit organisation (NPO) that provided sanitary towels and toiletries to children’s homes. “The advice I have for a young me is to never be afraid to be yourself, don’t shrink yourself and don’t apologise for being yourself,” says Moatshe.Currently working as a marketing manager, Moatshe also studies at the University of Pretoria. “Having people trust me even when I am still studying towards the qualification truly shows that I take my skills and talent seriously,” she says. Her work leading up to this culminated in her winning the Global Youth Award in 2018. Moatshe has since founded other NPOs, including The Sisterhood Club ZA, which aims to create a safe space for women to speak about the issues affecting them and offer career guidance. She also still delivers talks at schools, speaking about her own journey affected by rape, alcohol and drugs.
You don’t have to be the best at something to create work that resonates with people.