Founder, Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Network
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR & ‘INNOVATOR FOR THE PUBLIC’
Lillian launched the Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Network in Cape Town, SA in 2006, to encourage women and youth to be creators of Wealth both Human (anchored by social cohesion) and Monetary, and not to be consumers of goods and services while supplying labour and waiting for something or somebody to help them but that they should ‘use what they have’ to provide viable incomes for themselves. Thus improving their livelihoods and that of their families and communities so as to escape chronic poverty. Also ensuring that they regain their self-esteem and hope in order to protected themselves from abuse and know their Human Rights and Responsibilities, especially women and girls. She was warded Ashoka Fellowship in 2008 from the global organisation that awards individuals who make an outstanding contribution as ‘innovators for the public’.
MULTIPLE AWARD-WINNER 2015
Most Influential Women in Business and Government awards, both Country and Regional, from CEO Magazine. 2016 Top Gender Empowerment Organization by Top Women in Business and Government Publication, supported by Department of Women, Standard Bank and the Department of Trade and Industry. Finalist: The University Startup World Cup Business Plan Competition for Rose Geranium by Venture Cup, Copenhagen, Denmark in 2015. Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 for South Africa, Businesswoman’s Association of South Africa (BWA) Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008