Lillian Masebenza

Ashoka Fellow
South Africa
Fellow Since 2008
Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Networks

Citation

This profile was prepared when Lillian Masebenza was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Introduction
In 2006, Lillian Masebenza launched Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Networks, which adapts traditional community structures to create a trusted platform for income-generation for women and youth in South Africa. She provides business training, skills-development, and mentorship to groups that previously focused exclusively on saving for special occasions, fostering a new sense of entrepreneurship among the country’s most disadvantaged communities.
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