Ms Bridget Rachuene (20) is a social entrepreneur from Pretoria, Soshanguve. She is the founder of Bridget Rachuene Foundation currently studying Supply chain at Tshwane University of Technology. Bridget Rachuene Foundation is a Non Profit Organization based in Soshanguve that offers career guidance to grade 9-12 learners. We host entrepreneurship and environmental awareness events and lastly we organise extra classes for grade 10-11 learners in subjects such as Geography, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy and Accounting.” She said.
Bridget believes social entrepreneurship is the key to poverty eradication in South Africa. “Our organization is the middle man between aspiring entrepreneurs in our community and thriving business owners around South Africa.” she said. Apart from being a social entrepreneur, Bridget is an artist manager. Bridget Rachuene runs the foundation through donations and pledges from herself and staff members within the community since its establishment in 2018.
“We work with youth, start-ups and established entrepreneurs our goal is to ensure that the potential of township youth shines to the helping them start their own businesses or pursue their goals.” She said. Like many other organizations, the foundation has faced rejection, but she is continually inspired by Jack Ma, who never gave up although he was rejected so many times. “Do not give up, few people may come to your event, buy your product or support you that counts as something. Believe in yourself because it all starts with you, and never forget to use what you have, don’t wait for sponsors or funders.” Bridget said.
To get in touch with Bridget catch visit her WEBSITE: bridgetrachuenefoundation.org or FACEBOOK: Bridget Rachuene Foundation.
BY: HULISANI MASHIANE.