Lighting up Lesotho’s future
Lighting up Lesotho’s future
Khantša Energy is a social enterprise co-creating clean energy solutions through indigenous knowledge by providing mobile solar power to rural communities in Lesotho, and operates in the highlands districts of Roma, Thaba-Tseka, Qacha, and Mokhotlong.
Our work was born out of connecting with the villagers and hearing about their everyday stories regarding their dire need for electrification. Energy deployment and infrastructure remain one of the challenges of the continent with more than 620 million African people who still lack access to electricity.
Adopting renewable energy through solar power speaks volumes to an ongoing endeavour, where the African continent surpasses all other regions in having the most potential for renewable energy.
Our value of Botho - which means to be and belong subsequently borrows from African scholarship on community and inclusivity, Khantša Energy 'moves differently' in declaring that placing people first in development projects, comes down to tailoring the design and implementation of projects to the needs and capabilities of people who are supposed to benefit from them.
Given the Basotho history, no longer should people be identified as ‘target groups’, rather, if we must speak of them abstractly, we should consider them as intended – beneficiaries. They are to be benefited, rather than impacted.
Our aim is to co-create sustainability interventions through community led consultations and take the lead from indigenous societies in our work. In championing the principle of “Motho ke motho ka batho” a Basotho proverb which means “I am because you are.”
The essence of this proverb speaks to the interconnectedness amongst all people, and the importance of promoting harmony and respect amongst people living together. This is our central call – to embody a deep sense of another person’s humanity.
Furthermore, this principle aligns with ‘Leave no one behind’ and is the central and transformative promise of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA), and the foundation for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We are confident that Khantša Energy can take critical first steps to not only 'light up Lesotho's future' but Africa's future as well.
Reitumetse is the co-founder and CEO of Khantša Energy, Foothills Guest House and M&A Security, Lesotho's first women-led security company providing services across the country. She is a business trailblazer inspiring others by her journey in taking up space in different industries and corporate leadership roles to learn the DNA of the companies she now leads.
She has a passion for human security and community building, often going beyond the call of duty to make a sustainable impact across different districts in Lesotho. Reitumeste’s vision is anchored in philanthropy through and artivism by raising awareness around social justice issues while also celebrating the a critical role of art in the positive transformation of societies.
Koaile is the associate director of Khantša Energy. He is a consultant, leader, and African storyteller who believes that Africans can be agents capable of determining their own destinies, by rewriting themselves into history. As a cross-disciplinary systems thinker from Lesotho, Koaile brings unique perspectives on harnessing African agency positioning and the implementation of effective climate change strategies, renewable energy transition and sustainable development practices.
He specialises in climate energy and development and serves on the Lesotho National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) and was selected as one of 5 joint-winners of the prestigious Mandela-Rhodes Foundation’s Äänit Prize award for social impact.
Dennis is the co-founder and operations director of Khantša Energy. He is an experienced business owner and entrepreneur with a formidable track record across various industries in Lesotho including construction, property development, tourism and hospitality.
He specializes in marketing and operations and is the founder and director of Lesotho-based construction company Denstercon. Dennis has a passion for youth community outreach in rural Basotho communities recognizing the role sport plays in community development.
Kevin is the Senior principle Khantša Energy focusing on business development, project strategy and stakeholder engagement. He is also a consulting manager at Pegasys Strategy and Development, an advisory group focused on developmental impact in emerging economies.
Pegasys partners with the public and private sector to drive transformational service delivery, infrastructure development, and equitable access to resources with a strong footprint in the transport, climate, water and cities sectors.