The Tshiamo Foundation uses two main interventions/vehicles to achieve this, the Mpho Mawela Bursary Scheme (MMBS) for qualifying women seeking finance related qualifications and the “Social Enterprise Fund” for qualifying social entrepreneurs.
This object shall be achieved by, inter alia: Creating interventions that will address inequality through supporting women in making demonstrable change in the fields of education and social entrepreneurship.
Providing a holistic educational bursary programme that provides end to end support to students throughout their educational journey; this includes full financial resources support, mentorship, on the job exposure and psycho-social support.
Providing support for students pursuing higher education qualifications in all finance related fields, ensuring the growth of women in the finance sector.
The Social Enterprise Fund for women
Enabling social entrepreneurs (predominantly women) to access the right platforms, services, mentorship and catalytic capital support to build thriving social enterprises that actively participate in the economy. The capital will enable entrepreneurs to continue their focus on making big social change. The catalytic capital support will be provided as a (recoverable loan facility) that will require awardees to repay their grant stipend should the organisation become financially successful.
Creating an ecosystem of women social entrepreneurs that contribute to problem solving in South Africa through thriving and scalable businesses will contribute to job creation and economic growth.
The participants are defined women in South Africa who participate in and benefit from the work of the Company and they shall be made up of at least 85% persons who are ‘black’ as defined in the Code/s of Good Practice and Verification Manual issued in terms of the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act, No. 53 of 2003, as amended from time to time (‘the Codes’).
Social entrepreneur, Engineer, MPhil (Inclusive Innovation)
Neo Hutiri is the Founder and Managing Director of Technovera. He is a social innovator with a passion for designing smart, robust solutions that use the power of technology to improve health and wellbeing for Africa.
Neo was named as one of the Mail & Guardian s Top Young South Africans and became an Ashoka Fellow in 2020.
He is a qualified electrical engineer, and former technical assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of Arcelor Mittal South Africa.
Neo holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a MSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand and is pursuing a MPhil in Inclusive Innovation from the University of Cape Town s Graduate School of Business.
Karabo Mathibela is an independent accounting consultant with a specialised focus on Enterprise Supplier Development, along with Finance and operational support. She leverage her skills and expertise to support various businesses and foundations with capacity, accounting and financial management, strengthening the operational environment, improving systems, audit readiness and understanding how to manage their cash flow and articulate their funding need and finally develop the trading history and track record to secure funding.
In addition, she provide governance advisory and secretariat services to support all types of organisations.
Karabo is an BComm (Accounting) Honours and is registered with SAICA as an AGA (SA) and the South African Institute of Ta x as a Ta x Practictioner.
Shiluba is a chartered accountant who leads Tshiamo Impact Partners, and impact advisory and impact investment firm.
Her corporate finance experience includes mergers and acquisitions, valuations, commercial due diligences and
transaction structuring gained at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and a boutique corporate finance firm. She also
served as Senior Project Manager on the Youth Employment Service (YES), a national business-led initiative supported by Government through the office of the Presidency. If that wasn t enough, she s worked at Ernst & Young (EY) in their banking and capital markets division in both the Johannesburg and New York office.
She is a World Economic Foprum Global Shaper Alumni and a Mandela Washingto9n Fellow. Further, she sits on the FirstRand Foundation Board.
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