As the managing director of Khula Lula private equity fund, Milisa Mabinza’s mission is to build a generational legacy. She says: “Khula Lula was not only my dream, but it was the dream of my late father, my grandmothers and the forefathers that came before me. I have learnt to build on the efforts of those who made sacrifices to keep on setting higher ceilings for myself, my family and my community.” Mabinza graduated from the University of Johannesburg with an honours in investment management and started Khula Lula in 2019. Her business provides funds for start-ups owned by black women. When asked what her proudest moment is, she says: “I won awards in university when I participated in University of Johannesburg’s innovative Business Idea Awards and Project Alpha Competition, and none match up to the joy I’ve had in finally seeing the vision of Khula Lula through.”
I want to leave an impact on South Africa where literature reflects the ordinary lives of people living in the townships and rural areas.