The Mvula Trust was incorporated as a non – governmental organization (NGO) in 1993, with funds that were made available from the Kagiso Trust and the Independent Development Trust (IDT). The initial core function of The Mvula Trust was that of a non-profit grant making institution for community water schemes in rural areas. The founding Trustees envisioned a flexible, innovative and effective vehicle for supporting the work of the new democratic government in dealing with the disparities faced by South Africa at the time.