Swaziland, South Africa / Afrobotanics / 31
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.