Olwethu Mhlana wants to make an impact by helping transform the economy through inclusive policies and platforms, as well as sustainable growth where black and indigenous people have access to funding, business tools and support. She intends to do her part by being at the helm of a mission-driven company.
Mhlana is the founder and chief executive of Lulibo Market, an e-commerce marketplace that connects shoppers in South Africa with high-quality, locally sourced products from black-owned brands. She believes that as an entrepreneur, her journey entails creating access, building sustainable tools, reimagining technology and ultimately empowering other new business owners.
She is committed to a vision to create a culture where consumers are intentional about supporting local small businesses, and she says she won’t rest anytime soon knowing that there is a lot more work to do and people to empower.
You’re capable of anything you set your mind to, just be brave and put in the work.