About Us



Flagship Projects establish

gardens in the communities that

enable members to consume and

sell organically grown produce.


Network Initiative

Mhani Gingi's network members

learn business and marketing skills to

become social entrepreneurs, selling

crafts and goods at local markets.


Social Responsibility

Mhani Gingi provides support to Early

Learning Centres in several

communities across Cape Town,

allowing parents to work while their

children develop communication,

literacy, and social skills.


Mhani Gingi – when translated into English – stands for a caring, industrious woman who is always looking for lasting solutions to social problems. Mhani Gingi is a non-profit organization that strives to provide innovative business solutions which are sustainable and profitable, and contribute towards alleviating poverty in South Africa.


The Mhani Gingi network was established in 2006 by founding director Lillian Masebenza. There are three main branches of this organization: Network Initiatives, Social Responsibility, and The Flagship. Mhani Gingi has over 250 children enrolled in early learning centers, 25 women working in community gardens, and over 500 network members who have successfully started their own businesses. Mhani Gingi does this by providing business training, skills development, and mentorship.

Mhani Gingi uses the Power of the Collective to maximize networking, and tailor-make integrated skills development training according to the collective strengths and skills of the members. The main focus is currently on the province of the Western Cape, specializing on the townships surrounding Cape Town.

Recent Posts

Lillian Masebenza, Founding Director of Mhani Gingi, wins another award!

Lillian Masebenza, Founding Director of Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Networks, has won two awards in the 2015 Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards made by CEO Communications.  The awards recognises titans on the continent for the meaningful contribution they have made in their industry and the positive impact this has had on their country.

Lillian was announced Winner for South Africa and Regional Winner for the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region in the category of Education & Training: Private at a function in Johannesburg on July 28 2015.

As a social entrepreneur, Lillian facilitates tailor-made skills training to empower women and youth to perfect to competitive levels their products and services in the market place.  She then links them to funding and marketing opportunities.  Lillian’s holistic approach and the business model she has developed not only addresses economic issues but education, health, human rights and gender equality, while also promoting self-esteem and social cohesion.

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