From village girl to successful businesswoman, Refiloe “Mapitso” Thaisi, is a fashion designer who founded Shweshwekini Active Wear. The 25-year-old Sotho woman used her childhood skills to create active wear made of fine African print, Shweshwe. With her ingenuity, she managed to change the fashion game with bikinis that stand out.
We would like to know about Refiloe Thaisi, who is she? I have been commonly referred by my second name “Mapitso” since I was a child. I am a 25-year-old fashion designer, occupational therapist and a Masters student. I am also a proud daughter, a sister and a blogger too.
Kindly take us back to your childhood. My parents and extended family originate from Lesotho. I was born in South Africa, but I spent the first six years of my life in Lesotho where my best childhood memories were made.
There was no electricity or running water at the time, so we had to be creative when it came to playtime. We would make our own toys and play games. Television was not even a thing, so most of the time we were outside playing or getting water from the well or even helping out at home. As a result, we learnt how to be adults very quickly and to be creative with what we had.