This 28-year-old has no fear and is determined to break the poverty cycle with education. Zanele Maduna is the founder and chief executive of No Valo Holdings. It provides coaching support, mentorship programmes and e-learning services to university students and young professionals to help them through their career journey. “I was that child in the township with hope but no guidance… I want them to say ‘I did it because of the support I received [from] No Valo’,” she says.
Maduna is also a senior fund accountant at BNP Paribas. Her greatest achievement is coaching students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and says she was mostly surprised by how at home she felt as a lecturer compared to her day job in the corporate world. The chartered accountant works with certified coaches and mentors at No Valo Holdings, and wants to instill the young with faith in their journey.
Make sacrifices when there is a need to and always believe in the things you cannot see as yet.