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Do your best and the rest will follow

My name is ‘Mathebe Rampielo, AKA “Pepper”, “Thibi turner” or “Pepper at de ground”. I am a young charismatic and kind hearted Mosotho girl at the age of 24. I am a graduate from Lerotholi...

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Learning to love the process

I remember my eleven-year-old self coming across a drawing which I later learned was a floor plan. I began to wonder how a simple drawing like the one I had seen became a house. I...

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Experience taught me well

I am Mpokho Kherehloa, a proud member of the in loco fellowship cohort of 2020 with rise international. I am a 24 year old Mosotho woman and my life is based on challenging the status...

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in loco fellows blog series 2020 #6: Great things never come from our comfort zone

My name is Ramarou Tsoho, a 30 year old Mosotho man. I was born and raised in the highlands of Lesotho “Raleqheka”. I am privileged to be part of the 2020 cohort of the in...

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Young entrepreneurs rise to the Covid-19 challenge in Lesotho

Since the beginning of this year, countries around the world have been facing unbearable health and social emergencies due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. In the most vulnerable countries, millions of people do not have...

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in loco fellows 2020 blog series #5: When times get tough I get tougher

My name is Poloko Phalinyane. I am a twenty seven year old Mosotho man born in Rothe, in the outskirts of Maseru. I studied Electrical Installation at the renowned institution of Lerotholi Polytechnic. I enrolled...

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Happy National Mentoring Day!

The landscape of business today is constantly changing and increasing in complexity. Innovation is critical to success, and a combination of skills is the key. Having a mentor to help manoeuvre through the business landscape;...

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in loco fellows 2020 blog series #4: The stone the builder refused

My name is Paki T’sotleho, I am a 29 year old man with a heart of a kid, a mind of an old soul and the body of a giant. I am part of the...

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The power of community driven development – one year on…

Community driven development empowers people by giving responsibility to the community.By virtue, this allows community members to work together and take a vital part in decision making. In so doing, opportunities are built, people’s voices...

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IN LOCO FELLOWS 2020 BLOG SERIES #3: Intergalactic love

Intergalactic means movement between spaces. Buildings occupy space, from their foundations upwards. Therefore in this blog, intergalactic is compared to construction because of the fuming passion I have for the built environment and intergalactic. My...

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Why do we need an Enterprise Hub in Lesotho?

An Enterprise Hub in the entrepreneurial sense is a kind of greenhouse for start-up enterprises. In this protected incubation environment, entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas can be consulted and trained. Incubation Hubs are contact points...

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IN LOCO FELLOWS 2020 BLOG SERIES #2: KE NGOANANA OA MOSOTHO

My name is Mosa Nkhabutlane, “kengoananaoamosotho”, (I am a Mosotho girl) who was born & bred in Lesotho. I studied Interior Architecture from the University of Pretoria and I am currently an in loco fellow...

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rise alumni kick off their careers with high-profile EU co-funded project

Here at rise we focus on economic development through job creation, skills development and entrepreneurship, specifically in the built environment. Linking aspiring local entrepreneurs with essential resources needed in order for their enterprises to flourish....

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in loco Alumni tackle deadly pandemic head on!

To date the deadly pandemic known as Covid-19 has spread across all 54 African countries except for two – Lesotho and Comoros! With no cure for the virus, the best prevention is isolation and good...

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IN LOCO FELLOWS BLOG SERIES #13: MAKING THE DREAM A REALITY

YOU CAN DREAM, CREATE, DESIGN AND BUILD THE MOST WONDERFUL PLACE IN THE WORLD, BUT IT REQUIRES PEOPLE TO MAKE THE DREAM A REALITY – blog by Bokang TJakotja, in loco fellow 2019 cohort He...

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in loco fellows blog series #12: “A love in motion and a work in progress”

Everything we build ends up building us too, I feel that me being part of a social responsibility project to design and build an income generating facility centre for the youth of IDAL- Intellectual Disability...

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in loco fellows blog series #11: Sojourner’s reflections

Selebalo climbing up the entrpreneurial laddar through the in loco program

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in loco fellows blog series #10: WE ARE THE CHANGE WE SEEK

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to know the second law of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need...

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in loco fellows blog series #9: At school it’s just the basics. The real learning is on site by doing

My name is Ntina (Peter) Makhetha. I am a 2017 Construction Management graduate. I first knew about rise’s in loco fellowship program in mid-2018 from one of my ex-tertiary colleagues who was one of the...

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in loco fellows blog series #7: Never lose hope, Give it a try

Some time after I completed my diploma in construction management in search for job opportunities, valuable skills and experience in the design and build industry, i come across one of my ex-classmates who introduced me...

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in loco fellows blog series #6: When opportunity presents itself, don’t be afraid to go after it

It’s a friday afternoon and my tertiary ex-classmate whom I hadn’t spoken to in a while drops me a WhatsApp text. To my surprise, the text is an invitation to the in loco fellowship which...

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in loco FELLOWS BLOG SERIES #5: Living the dream

‘’My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we-architects can affect the quality of life of the people.’’ Richard Rogers...

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in loco fellows blog series #4: Grab every opportunity that comes your way because you never know where it will lead

Being a fellow changed the way I perceived myself and the world around me. After a car accident I experienced in 2015, which made me lose my memory, I never thought I would ever be...

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Lesotho, a land with a big smile

Read the experience of a visiting architect from Italy to Lesotho

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in loco fellows blog series #2: Becoming who, I will

Read the 2nd in the in loco blog series 2019 where you get an insight into the thoughts and feelings of our fellows. This blog is by Nkhole Thakhisi fondly known as Kole.

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Small Business Survival in the Midst of Covid-19 in Lesotho

Lesotho, like other low-income countries around the world, has been hit the hardest economically by the novel Covid-19 pandemic. The consequences of policies like the “hard lockdown”- imposed to contain the virus by flattening the...

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Breaking out of a cage

“You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself, the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery, the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. He who cannot...

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Build/Ability Documentary virtual screening

Join us for this heart warming film by award winning Fabio Petronilli and Habofanoe Letsosa which will be dowsed by a panel discussion. Witness the stories of people with disabilities and learn about the development...

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Building with Indigenous Materials

An inspiring conversation on Indigenous Architecture, which takes into consideration climate, local materials, cultural factors and people building houses / structures themselves. Watch here

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Innovative Tech Solutions for Covid-19 Problems

rise webinar series: here is an interesting conversation on Innovative Tech Solutions for Covid-19 Problems.

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Impact of Covid-19 on the Built Environment

As part of the rise webinar series, we had a much needed conversation on the Impact of Covid-19 on the built environment. Watch it anytime here . Enjoy!

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Together we rise

Join us for a discussion on rise international’s work that focuses on creating a world where sustainable social enterprises, created by local entrepreneurs from low income countries are the norm

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