By Ann Brown
Shaleen Manhire Nullens has been working since she was 14, beginning a long road that now sees her reach her potential as a successful serial entrepreneur.
Her first job was as a tea girl for her father’s Zimbabwe-based consulting firm. She moved up to a role as a typist, then to his personal assistant by the time she was just 16.
But it was a family setback that caused her to think about entrepreneurship. Her father became ill and his business began to falter, and while his hospital bills were mounting, his company’s revenue was dropping.
The family sold off all of their cars, and whipped out their savings. Eventually Nullens launched more than just one company, becoming a serial entrepreneur.
Her first business, L’eau Choisie, is very successful. It’s in a sector that is growing. In fact, according to one recent survey the bottled water market in South Africa is expected to grow 7.01 percent by revenue during the period 2016-2020.