Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
Selibeng.com is the Lesothos go-to website for finding a great job. Today, Selibeng.com is the premier resource for connecting passionate professionals in Lesotho to meaningful and exciting opportunities. Whether one is looking for a job or just want to manage the direction of their career and explore educational opportunities, Selibeng.com offers the resources to make it happen. We have a growing monthly outreach of 34, 000 people who make our community and it is our mission to help them find rewarding, interesting jobs that pay decent salaries and to help employers find the best possible candidates for those jobs. On top of that, we want them to explore opportunities outside our radius and compete with the global workforce. There are apparent gaps in my country in information dissemination. Newspapers are available to individuals living in the city. Various opportunities are only shared through newspapers as they are considered the official mediums for information dissemination. And then inclusion. Selibeng.com curates content and shares resourceful information including, but not limited to, open vacancies, scholarships, public procurement opportunities and startup funding initiatives. We embrace the concept of an open platform and therefore allow our users to explore and share various resources without necessarily registering or paying a subscription fee to use the website.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Selibeng.com has created links and professional connections that could have not existed before. We have helped a lot of young people in the job market access opportunities that could have taken a lot of resources to be in their reach. Surprisingly, with only two years of operations, Selibeng.com ranks on the top 20 of the most visited websites in Lesotho according to Alexa (https://www.alexa.com/topsites/countries/LS) and Similar Web rankings (https://www.alexa.com/topsites/countries/LS). We have also engaged Lesotho citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways and become active citizens. By particularly running competitions targeted to creatives and rewarding the best work. We have focused on annual writing competitions, career fairs and promotion of entrepreneurship through various dialogues and sponsoring events like TEDx in Lesotho.
Sustainability and future plans
Advertising continues to be a significant part of our business model. However, the business environment in Lesotho has a low perceived value towards Internet Business Models. In the end, reach and providing value to our target audience has been in the fore-front. The initiative was fully funded by the Founder and all operational costs and maintenance continues to be funded by the Founder. Before the end of 2018, Selibeng.com will have operational Career Clinics in 2 districts in Lesotho. This is to establish centres where individuals seek advice and information about their next career move, and help with regards to planning and running a business. Up-to-date advice, and support to help individuals make good career decisions and be effective in addressing their challenges at every age and stage will be one of the core services of the Career Clinics. Various consultancy services will also be offered to individuals and businesses.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I have continuously thought about my future. The family I will have. The education level I will reach. The job I will land. Growing up, these ideas were ideal. However, once I graduated from college and became part of the job market, I had built a different perception of my world. The world of unemployment became real. I became part of a generation faced with challenges regarding equality of opportunity. At the same time, the mismatch of skills with the demands in the job market played a role. To me, this was more than a wake-up call, it was a time to find resourceful information to address my needs. The only way was to use my IT Skill to develop what came to be Selibeng.com. I graduated top of my class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. I was also awarded the Tan Sri Dato Paduka Limkokwing Award for Excellence. Apart from that, I am a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, a Certified Android Applications Developer and hold a Diploma in Project Management. I am also a member of Project Management Institute.