Financial expert and founder of Finance First Botswana
Tsholofelo Mokgoabone is a champion of financial and economic education and founder of Finance First Botswana, an organisation that promotes financial literacy in Botswana.
A graduate in economics and finance from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Mokgoabone has enrolled for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification. She is currently the programmes and research coordinator at the Masire-Mwamba office, which provides international advisory and capacity-building expertise.
Through Finance First Botswana, Mokgoa- bone wishes to use her expertise to empower Batswana with money management tools. Part of that empowerment process includes breaking down financial jargon, so that everyone can make well-informed decisions with their financial resources.
From her mother’s motshelo group in Molepolole, she shares with members of her
financial workshops on basic skills like bud-geting, bookkeeping, saving and investing.
Mokgoabone plans to expand the project to reach more metshelo groups.
Mokgoabone has represented Botswana on international platforms such as the World Eco- nomic Forum on Africa conference, held in Nigeria in May 2014 and Rwanda in May 2016.
She has explored the link between technology and financial prosperity, both from the vantage point of a World Economic Forum panel on which she served, and from the more familiar surround- ings of a local metshelo group.
Mokgoabone is a member of the Global Shapers Community Gaborone Hub — an initiative of the World Economic Forum. The Global Shapers Community is a network of hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. She is currently the curator (president) for the Gaborone Shapers for 2016/17 period.
Through the Gaborone hub, Mokgoabone has worked on several projects, including the successful Maoka CJSS literacy project.
Their campaign, known as Take Back Botswana, challenges Batswana youth to invest more intentionally in their country. In 2015, they collaborated with Poets Passport Organisation to host a poetry session that challenged poets to recite poems that provided solutions to Botswana’s problems.
Most recently Mokgoabone has contributed to the book launched in May 2016 known as Africa 80. In this work 80 young leaders from across the African continent share their story.
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