Swazi­land, South Africa / Afrob­otan­ics / 31

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Many en­trepreneurs are suc­cess­ful be­cause they de­velop new prod­ucts that solve a prob­lem, large or small. That is true of Ntombenhle Khath­wane of Swazi­land. She was frus­trated be­cause she wanted to wear her curly hair down but couldn’t find any hair care prod­ucts from the ma­jor in­ter­na­tional brands that were suited for African hair. So, in 2010 she quit her well­paid govern­ment job and used her re­tire­ment fund to es­tab­lish Afrob­otan­ics, a com­pany that pro­duces hair care prod­ucts from African plant oils. The prod­ucts are pop­u­lar among thou­sands of young South African women. The com­pany gen­er­ates an­nual sales of more than 750,000 dol­lars.

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