Mlangeni started her Ninevites platform as a hobby to explore her interests in fashion and textiles. “I was working at a social enterprise as a Project Manager and this was my evening project. I’ve always been a creative at heart,” she says.
It wasn’t until 2013, while on a scholarship at the Kaos Pilots, an alternative business school in Denmark for creatives with the focus on social innovation, that the idea of taking the Ninevites mainstream was finally born.
“I was on a three-year course and for the last six months of it, I had to do a pilot project implementing everything I’d been studying. I decided to create a socially responsible business inspired by the things I’m passionate about – design, textiles and travel. I used the Ninevites platform to create a viable business, registering it as a company in 2016. I’m the sole owner, but I work very collaboratively. I have the vision and I facilitate the ideas, but I work with different people to bring them to life,” she explains.