The boy who was bored at school is now a man on a path to reimagine the way in which small businesses access capital and finance their operations. His mission is to make ordinary South Africans understand what it means to be financiers. Luyanda Jafta is the CEO and co-founder of The People’s Fund (TPF) — a crowdfunding platform that seeks to address some of SA’s economic challenges. This includes access to capital, and has been operating for just under two years in SA, investing in the small and medium enterprise space. "The People’s Fund is primarily a means to effect economic change, unlock capital from everyday people, and give them the benefits of growing the economy by doing it through small businesses." Given the 60% poverty rate among black people, Jafta is passionate about addressing growing income inequality in SA, saying small businesses that require unskilled labour are the first step in shrinking the wealth gap. He goes so far as to say: "If you want to solve violence ag...

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