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If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

Booker T. Washington
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Jennifer Glodik

Founder, Diva Slimming and Aesthetics Centre

Country: South Africa

Glodik is a go-getter.

At 19, she went to the US to work as an exchange student. She saw many opportunities in business and knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur.

At 21, she got a master’s degree in foreign philology and linguistics, learned five languages, got married at the age of 22 and then decided it was time to start a business.

“I did my research and found that, in South Africa, the beauty industry had a massive gap in knowledge, service and technologies,” says Glodik.

She says she knew that was the gap to fill. She went to Russia, her country of birth, took a beauty and aesthetic course, was certified and came back to South Africa to start Diva Slimming and Aesthetics Centre.

“After two years, my [now ex-mother-in-law] decided it was time for me to go to Russia and she will take over my business… they successfully did it and I left with nothing but debt… I had R50 (less than $4) in my wallet to survive for a month,” she says.

With the help of her parents, Glodik picked herself up. Now Diva Slimming and Aesthetics Centre has two head offices, one in Sunninghill, Johannesburg and the other in Garsfontein, Pretoria. They have also opened 65 salons across South Africa in the last five years.

“We will be launching our own TV show this year with the stories of our overweight clients and in a few years we will be launching offices internationally,” she says.