We speak to the Vanessa Masilo, a visionary, dreamer, and ambitious founder and CEO of KRYSTAL KLEAR VISIONS. She describes herself a focused individual who knew what she wanted from an early age and decided that one day she would build an empire and make a difference in society.
Vanessa Masilo, a young black female entrepreneur, youth activist, philanthropist and
motivational speaker born and bred in Parys, Free State moved to Vanderbijlpark at the age of 17 where she studied Chartered Accountancy and later changed to Management Accounting at the North west University Vaal Triangle Campus. She proceeded to work in an upscale environment, assuring client delight on an asset management project which launched her as a professional in private sector and landed her a job at one of the biggest ICT Companies in Africa,EOH. A year after joining EOH Vanessa felt she had gained all the necessary experience she needed as she had worked on various projects including Revenue Management, Business Planning and Consolidating, Credit Control and had also served on the CAB (Change AdvisoryBoard) of one of the major clients of EOH at the time.
Passionate about business and youth development, the move from corporate was a natural fit. She was courageous enough to resign and leave her comfort zone in private sector to pursue business. Her company which was registered in 2013 while she was a student then became fully operational in 2015 after she resigned. She focused on growing the business and building solidrelationships while also pursing her passion in the Philanthropy space. She established KVF (KLEAR VISIONS FOUNDATION) which is an NPC primarily focusing on women and children empowerment, skills development, moral regeneration, education and training to name a few.
Chairing and running this foundation Vanessa has made tremendous progress and has managed to change lives and also position herself as a young woman the youth can relate to, admire, look up to and run to for mentorship and guidance.
Entering into the BRICS space was a bold move and she has never looked back. She was selected as one of the young, progressive entrepreneurs in the Free State and was sent to India to go represent South Africa at the BRICS YOUTH SUMMIT 2016, Vanessa is now part of the BRICS YOUTH NETWORK/PROGRAM and advocates for youth empowerment and inclusion within the BRICS Nations, focusing mainly on Entrepreneurship and Skills Development, Youth Volunteerism, Social Inclusion, Youth in Governance and Intra BRICS exchange programs and trade.
She serves on a number boards as an executive director namely: SAYEF (South African Youth Entrepreneurship Fund), YBT (Youth Business Transformation) and PELA (Peo Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy).
Vanessa is now spearheading the Sanitary Towels Project in the country and is one of the first black female manufacturers in the country. The project aims to assist disadvantaged school girls and ensure that school absenteeism due to lack of sanitary towels is a thing of the past.
Despite having been blessed with great success at a tender age Vanessa Masilo believes that her career as an entrepreneur and social and political activist has just began. She hopes to one day grow her businesses in to a multibillion dollar empire with a global footprint. Whilst engaging in activism at both a continental and global level. She believes just as Napoleon Hill aptly put it that “there are no limitations to the mind except those it acknowledges”.
Her journey is to empower and emancipate young black women in South Africa and the African continent at large. Through entrepreneurship I will continue empowering other women and doing it at a very practical level like absorbing them into employment, upskilling and developing them, mentoring, exposing them to opportunities. I plan on doing roadshows, extensive marketing, partnering with other NPCs, NPOs, and NGOs who are also distributing Sanitary Towels in our schools and communities. I also plan on working with government, they have the capacity and a partnership with them would help us make a sustainable, impactful change.