Siyanda Mthethwa is the founder of a delivery service called Kuloola. The service helps residents to equip themselves with some of the most-needed groceries, such as cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Through his startup, nClude, Mthethwa came up with a mapping project which he then used to create the service, making life a little easier for people living in rural areas.
“Kuloola” comes from a take on “it’s easy” in Zulu and, through his work, Mthethwa has managed to make life much easier for people, by getting essential goods delivered direct to their doors. However, that doesn’t even cover half of the impact Mthethwa has had on rural communities. Through the service, he has also managed to create employment for many residents, especially young women.
He says this is among the achievements that make him proudest: being able to hire and sustain employment for 15 young people, predominantly women. With no prior management experience, he has been able to retain most of his staff because of “a strong and an inclusive management style”, he says. Mthethwa says being able to work towards improving the lives of people in his own community has also been a moment of pride for him. He says he was privileged to have access to opportunities and a good quality of life. It’s for that reason he wants to make a positive impact on the lives of people less fortunate than him.
“I am driven every day to wake up and develop products and services that bring equality and access to people in my community and beyond,” he says.