Mfundo Thango

Founder, KwaZulu-Natal Youth in Business Cooperative

When Mfundo Thango started Mpilende Foods, his food production and processing company, and his food distribution and warehousing business, Bantu Batho Management Services, he faced a lot of challenges. That's exactly why Thango decided to pass on what he learned to other micro enterprises. In April of 2007, Thango started up the KwaZulu-Natal Youth in Business Cooperative. It now boasts a 500-member strong following , in which all types of businesses from cattle, chicken, maize and goat farmers to security and cleaning groups go to for assistance in building up their own businesses. They come away with everything from business plans to marketing material and mentorship from Thango. This work landed Thango the Black Business Quarterly's Young Visionary Achiever Award for 2009. � Jane Steinacker

Lunch spot: Europa, Village Walk, Johannesburg