Kaya Tshabalala
Supporting communities to become financially sustainable
South Africa
University of Cape Town
Education, Social Sciences
  • Kaya grew up in in the Eastern Cape, where early social challenges shaped her career path and the person she has become today
  • She has studied social sciences, housing development and acquired a PhD in Disability Studies with a particular focus on Community Development from UCT.
  • Kaya’s thesis explored parents' experiences of the inclusion and retention of their disabled children in public schools in the Eastern Cape.
  • Receiving support from a UCT research team, Kaya has developed a project using Stokvel and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) approaches to support community based development initiatives, working with savings and credit groups in rural areas of the Eastern Cape Province (SA).
  • She has also worked with young children, instilling a culture of saving and managing finances through basic budgets and savings
  • She aims to continue promoting financial sustainability in disadvantaged communities, while empowering women, promote disability inclusion, and family based early childhood development(ECD).


Greatest achievement: 

Getting rural people to realise their self-worth by harnessing their innate abilities and promoting solidarity

Professional interests: 

Supporting communities to become financially sustainable using culturally relevant approaches

Current occupation: 
Community Development Consultant