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ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE

In the May 2017 Issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, South Africa's No.1 Read Business Magazine by Visionaries, Innovators, Disruptors, Employers and Wealth Builders, entrepreneurial journey of Founder l CEO of KHALALA, Mahadi Granier, is featured on Pages 72 - 75. She shares intimate details on why in June 2015, she made the single biggest and scariest decision of her life. She quit her R1million per annum Director position to move to Paris to start from scratch. How she ended up staying at home to integrate her 2 kids (3 years old and 3 months old at the time) into the new culture while battling a corporate identity loss emanating from moving from the extreme of commanding boardrooms to changing diapers all day long. She shares how this transition lead her to venture into entreprenership. She shares lessons learnt along the way, the realities of entrepreneurship vs the idea of it, starting a business in a new country, new business environment, regulations, new culture, different consumers, different language, the highs and lows, the ups and downs and where she currently is on this journey.  To read the full article, click button below.
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STANDARD BANK

Two years ago, I "had it all". I was a high ranking government official, employed as a Director by the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa. I was living what most people would call a successful life. I earned a 7 figure income, I owned multiple real estate, I had the cars, the clothes, everything I could have ever wanted. And yet, I lacked job satisfaction and a sense of contentment and fulfilment. It wasn't until I realized that I was living out of alignment with the truth of who I was. I realized that no matter how much I had in the bank, how much I crossed off my to do list, how much I was praised, celebrated and continued to chase society's definition of success, if I was not living an authentic life, I would never feel happy. I decided to take a leap of faith to pursue my true passion. Fast forward two years later, I am selected by South Africa's number 1 top ranked bank, Standard Bank - South Africa alongside two other Entrepreneurs to be featured in the bank's exclusive business report titled "Best advice from female entrepreneurs who started their own profitable businesses". Say yes to you, live authentically, stop hiding, stop fearing that you might not be good enough. You are more than enough. To read the full article, click below.



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IOL: BUSINESS REPORT

 "The simple fact is that you do not always need capital to fund a business venture. Starting this business venture has taken a lot more of my time than it did money. I spent an entire year putting in place a well-thought-out plan so as to reduce the time, effort, cost and energy necessary to be successful. As a matter of fact, I started with no money, got into the trenches and made it happen. I bootstraped my business at low cost with no investment because my focus was to demonstrate concept viability before approaching prospective investors for funding in order to scale the business. It is critical to think about seeking funding from the investor’s perspective. As a first time entrepreneur with little experience in the business domain, investors typically consider the business venture as high risk. I understand that. They want to see traction, proof of concept and evidence of profitability, otherwise, they are not interested."
 
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SME SOUTH AFRICA

"Currently, there is a lot of push from the African Fashion industry, particularly  South Africa and Nigeria, to break designers into international markets. While there is no shortage of creative talent, the fundamental challenges lie in the lack of business skills and mass production facilities. And therefore, while showcasing designers at international platforms offers them global exposure, exposure accounts for a very small percentage of the designer’s success. In fact, having greater market access, and being exposed at international platforms can have a negative impact on a designer’s business, if the designer does not have their manufacturing capability in place. To ensure sustainable commercial success in the cut throat world of "Business of Fashion", market exposure opportunities must be followed up with multiples of original, innovative designs on demand, at the highest quality, on-time-in-full delivery and at the right price. There has to be availability of raw materials, of trims, of manufacturing capacity, and the finance to convert the customer orders into final product, before a designer can commit to showcasing their product on an international public platform."  To read the full article, click below.



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SUBTENSE.CO.UK

KHALALA's feature in London based news publication, Subtense. Subtense is an online and daily source of information from around the world on fashion. It offers one of the most comprehensive collections of newsworthy articles, tips and advice in the industry; all designed to enlighten, inform and maybe even entertain its online audiences."  

"I don’t believe in work-life balance. To me, that concept does not exist because there is always a trade-off. I’m always having to give up something, whether it’s time with my husband, time with my kids, time with my friends, time with family, time to take care of myself, etc. What I try and do instead is to be fully present in every situation. When I am with my kids, I try to be there and forget about a work presentation or checking a facebook notification. When I’m walking into a meeting with a client, I try not to worry about whether my husband will be able to pick up the kids from school on time. Work-life balance is like a scale. One side must be up and the other down. Either that or you are constantly battling to keep it perfectly balanced. It’s impossible.” To read the full article, click below.



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