Generate green energy on the way to school

Kagomelo Tsopodi-Malinga lives in the town of Rustenburg, South Africa. The trip from school to her home, located in one of the city’s poor neighborhoods, provides her with free electricity for 12 hours.

Its school portfolio is particular, it is equipped with a solar panel which accumulates energy in a battery which it also integrates. This new solar-powered wallet charges on his way to school and also when he gets home.

Once at home, she empties her bag and begins to do her homework. Every day, Kagomelo places the small panel in a pot that acts as a lamp.

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In addition, these wallets fulfill a dual function, they also allow children to be seen on the road, thanks to a reflective material that they incorporate.

The wallet is made from recycled plastic at a factory in Rustenburg, his hometown. Rea Ngwane, head of the project, says the children are excited about their new portfolios, and their parents and teachers say children are now doing better in school.


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Reuse Schoolbags, the company that makes them, is now planning to expand to other African countries where many poor communities do not have electricity.