Khanya Mncwabe, the co-founder and CEO of Matawi, sets out the links between running an environmentally friendly business, being profitable and achieving social impact.Tuck In
Khanya Mncwabe is the co-founder and CEO of Matawi, a 100% black woman-owned and managed alcoholic honey beverage company that makes a social and environmental difference. Matawi, which means ‘branches’ in Swahili, aims to honour the African traditions of celebration by creating alcoholic beverages that require far less water to produce than wine and spirits. In addition to its environmental mission, Matawi strives for social impact by sourcing its raw materials from African beekeepers/honey suppliers, and small producers of fruits, herbs, teas and botanicals, particularly rural women and young people.
Prior to founding Matawi, Khanya was a human rights and development practitioner. In a wide variety of research, advocacy and policy development roles at national, regional and continental levels in Africa, she has developed the passion, skills and networks that Matawi now benefits from.
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1 - What Are The Environmental Factors That Matawi Is Concerned With?
2 - What Are Some Corporate Disruptions That Are Making A Difference To The Environment?
3 -What Is A Pressing Agricultural Corporate Problem That Needs To Be Solved Now?
4 - Are Entrepreneurs Really Understanding The Impending Environmental Crisis On The Immediate Horizon?
5 - What Is ‘The Circular Economy’?
6 - What Perspective Do You Have For Environmentally-Focused Entrepreneurs?
7 - What Were Some Practical Tactics That You Had To Consider In Scaling An Eco-Centric Booze Company?
8 - What Have Been The Benefits Of Setting Up Business Partnerships For Matawi?
9 - Which Company Is Doing ‘Environmental Impact’ Right?
10 - How Have You Structured Matawi’s Team For Environmental Success?
About This Recipe
For South Africans, climate change is no longer a theoretical concept. Between floods and catastrophic droughts we are experiencing the reality of it. Having lived through the 2018 drought in the Western Cape, Khanya Mncwabe co-founded a business whose main aim is to conserve water.
Here she makes a case for giving marginalised communities a voice in the policies that are so sorely and urgently needed, while highlighting the opportunities inherent in climate change.
Khanya also gives a fascinating insight into how her human rights and development background enabled her to get investors interested in her business. And she reveals which company she regards as an environmental-impact rockstar.
What You'll Learn
Khanya’s advice for entrepreneurs who want to contribute to environmental solutions, is to build a model with their skills and experiences at its core. This will help give you the confidence you will need to succeed.
The recipe shows that skills acquired in one arena, such as human rights advocacy, can be applied in a commercial venture. Khanya’s experience in writing grant proposals, for instance, enabled her to take a programmatic approach to secure partners for different aspects of her business.
Khaya’s passion for African traditions is a cornerstone of Matawi’s brand story, and she shares how that guides and inspires the team she has assembled.
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