Started as a response to #FeesMustFall, Feenix is a public benefit organisation that gives students a platform to formalise their fundraising efforts, connecting them with communities that are willing to fund their education. Since 2017, Feenix has supported more than 2 000 students and raised almost R77-million.
Along with being the chief executive of Feenix, Leana de Beer is the chief executive and founder of WaFunda, which connects, designs and manages alternative education products. In June 2021, WaFunda will launch a youth-centric financial literacy product; showing how to manage finances and get out of debt. WaFunda will launch an ethical community loan for students in the technical vocational education and training space and aims to create something similar for refugees and migrants. She says “The work I do is focused on combining hybrid methods and approaches. We do social impact work but we do it by seeing ourselves as technology start-ups.”
Pursue your passion and dreams but most importantly prioritise your education because it allows you to sit in rooms and grants you access to people and spaces that will help you reach your destination.