Celebrating Powerful African Women: Aisha Pandor

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We’re still celebrating powerful women in the continent, women who have broken boundaries and made a mark in male-dominated industries, women who are shaping society and pushing their countries forward. This week, we’re celebrating Aisha Pando, startup entrepreneur and co-founder of SweepSouth- South Africa’s “uber for domestic workers.”

The fact that she won the South African Women in Science Award in 2011 and was named in the Mail and Guardian’s List of 200 Young South Africans in 2012 already proves that this is a woman of influence, an achiever and a woman of power.

Growing up in South Africa in the early 90s, Pando admits that she faced a lot of racism as a child but that hostility helped her become the kind of business owner that she is today, because of that experience- she can identify with the different audiences that her company targets.

She recently told She Inspires Her, “My parents raised my siblings and I to be confident, smart, and independent. We’re all quite self-assured, not afraid to go against the crowd and often question the status quo. These are essential qualities for entrepreneurs and all four of us have quite a strong entrepreneurial streak.”
Behind every successful business is a powerful woman, Pandor co-founded SweepSouth in 2014 and now has thousands of registered cleaners, one of the fastest growing startups in the country.

SweepSouth connects professional, experienced and insured cleaners with homeowners, and in doing so bringing technology to an industry that has remained unchanged for decades. “We are also passionate about helping to address unemployment in South Africa by connecting domestic work professionals with work opportunites. For our customers, we provide a convenient, easy and trusted service to get their homes cleaned, so they can do better things with their time,” explains Pandor.

A woman of many talents, Pandor also holds a PhD degree in Human Genetics and a Business Management certificate at the UCT Graduate School of Business. When she graduated in 2012, she became the first student to graduate with two different qualifications on the same day. She also worked as a management consultant with Accenture before embarking on her startup journey.

Nunnovation salutes you for all your achievements, Pandor, by bringing technology to an industry that has been overlooked for far too long- you’ve certainly inspired change. Congratulations!
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