Born and partly raised in South East Asia, not many people expected that Malini Saba would become the successful investor that she is today. Well, she has managed to prove everyone wrong, and what is even more impressive is that her journey, though tough, has been the most rewarding. Her first startups fell apart as a result of interference from powerful and corrupt individuals, but she did not mind starting all over again. She invested in PayPal and other digital based companies in Silicon Valley and when the information age truly set in, she reaped some huge benefits.
The greatest thing about this exceptional woman is the fact that after achieving all this success, she has remained much grounded and has not forgotten the downtrodden, especially those that live in backgrounds like the one she came from. It is the reason why she founded Stree, a foundation and charity that helps women in the developing countries. Here is a summary of an interview Malini gave about this initiative.
She stated that she believed in women and that given the chance and opportunity, they are the ones capable of truly transforming the society. The aim of her initiative is to provide these women with opportunities such that they can afford food, shelter and an education for their children as this will transform the future.
When asked what her definition of success is, Malini states that being in a position to d what one loves and accomplishing it with a smile daily were her definition of success. She added that her biggest achievement so far was giving birth to her daughter and added that her daughter made her understand her deeper reasons for starting her foundation, and the true depth of the feeling she has always had, that the world should be made a better place.
She confided that the biggest challenge she had encountered wit the foundation was getting around the governments of the developing countries and their laws which more often than not, make investing and charity close to impossible.
Malini states that her biggest role model is Mother Teresa and that even though she may never accomplish as much as Mother Teresa did, she was always trying to make things better for those around her.