Ngonyama's upbringing in rural KZN was strongly influenced by cultural practices. She is a staunch believer in giving back, having had a stranger help her with signing for surety when she was looking for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NFSAS) loan while studying.
With this in mind, she also runs a nonprofit organisation called House of Pearls. She supports young girls and two couples in need, one in Durban and another in Joburg.
She's now thinking of adding young boy children to those she helps.
She credits her financial services background with helping her run the business that has been operational since November.
Ngonyama's vision for the business is to grow it locally, possibly franchise it with an eye for moving it internationally. "And to continue supporting local artists and local designers and transforming [the culinary industry]."