Enygma Ventures Invests ZAR4m into Black Hair Company, Brown and Ayo, South Africa


Enygma Ventures is delighted to announce its latest investment into Brown and Ayo, an aspirational lifestyle hair brand, focused on natural hair styles and trends for black women, in South Africa.

“We are super excited about this investment as natural hair styles and products are a fast-growing trend in an extremely lucrative industry” said Lelemba Phiri, Operating Partner & Principal of Enygma Ventures. “Brown and Ayo have a proven track record of being steps ahead of the trend, whilst serving a powerfully growing yet often ignored consumer – the black woman.”

Since 2019 Brown and Ayo have been providing a range of natural hair extensions created to mimic black natural hair textures through their online store. They pride themselves in bringing both trendy and well-loved products to the South African black woman consumer.

Acanda Jaswa, Founder of Brown and Ayo, stated “We are overjoyed about our partnership with Enygma Ventures which provides both financial and strategic support. This will allow us to execute on our vision to scale across Africa and globally.”

Ms. Jaswa, who is also a graduate of the Graca Machel Trust’s – Women Creating Wealth Program, added, “As a solo black female founder operating outside of traditional technology, my odds for raising significant VC funding were low. It is thus very exciting to be backed by Enygma Ventures and their diverse team that understand this exciting sector and have been extremely valuable in supporting me to think strategically about growing my business”.

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