Formal training as an investment banker helps Lilitha Mahlati guide the enterprises she’s involved in to financial success. She’s the cofounder and managing director of Ivili Loboya, a 100% black women-owned wool and cashmere manufacturing facility in the Eastern Cape. It’s Africa’s first cashmere production facility, sourcing sheep and goat hair from farmers across South Africa and using it to create various products for global markets. These include knitted clothes and textiles, as well as products for further industrial processing. She enjoys having a positive impact on her employees and their community, as well as the farmers in their supply chain, and is proud to be converting raw materials into high-quality South African products that are appreciated across the globe. Mahlati also sits on the board of several companies that are trying to transform South Africa. She’s also a founder of the Black Founders Forum, which aims to create a more supportive environment for black entrepreneurs.
My proudest moment has been coming out and realising that being gay does not define me but being true to oneself is where we can all find our power.