Ashoka Fellow
South Africa
Fellow Since 2003
Kopanong Catering Co.
This description of Thope Lekau's work was prepared when Thope Lekau was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
Thope Lekau has launched an initiative to inspire women and youth in South Africa's townships to seize newly available economic opportunities and overcome the social challenges they face. Thope's model is unique in that it focuses on empowering women and providing them with the tools to introduce the lucrative tourism industry to the economically depressed townships in postapartheid South Africa.
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