Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Angela Larkan is also the Founder & Director of Thanda Zulu, a socially conscious jewelry company that makes and exports innovate Zulu beadwork. She also Co-founded Thembanathi, a South African based non-profit focused on offering early childhood development programmes and services for families impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She was a recipient of the Richard McLellan Award for Leadership and Public Service; winner of the Mzansi Award for Ubuntu, Innovation and entrepreneurship; selected as one of five global pioneers for the Levi’s Go Forth Campaign for Change; chosen as a leader in her field by Cosmopolitan Magazine; winner of Clarins Most Dynamic Woman of the Year Award; and winner of Best of You by Glamour magazine.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Thanda is a member of several formal associations including South Africa Institute of Fundraising, National Association of Childcare Workers, South Coast Aggregation, and Even Ground. These relationships help us to stay relevant with industry policies, changes, and best practice models, while also providing an opportunity for us to both assist and receive advice from other organistations. On a more local level, we periodically host visits from other non-profit organisations to exchange ideas and explore potential partnership opportunities. We also have strong relationships with many of the schools in our area - communicating with them on a daily basis and offering workshops on a variety of subjects for interested teachers. Moreover, our funders are a key component in the success of our organisation - we work with each funder to outline specific goals and objectives, and monitor the success of each.