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The Story of Local Is Lekker ZA​: From Garage to Greatness

Small-Town Roots, Big-Time Impact​

One of our very first customers at Prison Break Market, South Africa

Local is Always Lekker

The story of Local is Lekker ZA. Local Is Lekker ZA began in the most humble of places—a garage. Founded by Charlene, Melanie, and Mandy, this small venture has blossomed into a vibrant business that amplifies the voices of artisans across Africa. These three dynamic women combined their skills in art and business to create a platform that not only showcases African creativity but also nurtures it.

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Hailing from the small town of Kwambonambi, Charlene, Melanie, and Mandy bring their small-town values to everything they do. Their passion for upskilling others and deep respect for Africa’s artistic heritage are the driving forces behind their business. 


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Join the Movement​

Supporting local businesses in Africa is more than a trend—it’s a commitment to fostering sustainable growth and celebrating the continent’s rich cultural heritage. Local Is Lekker ZA invites you to be a part of this journey. Together, we can uplift artisans, promote creativity, and ensure that the spirit of Africa shines brightly in every handmade piece.

Let’s promote local businesses in Africa and celebrate the beauty of what’s made right here at home.

Showcasing Africa’s Creativity​

Local Is Lekker ZA operates out of the Prison Break Market, South Africa, a bustling hub where local creativity thrives. Here, they offer a curated selection of handmade goods, each piece telling a unique story of its creator. For those who can’t make it to the market, their online shop, localislekkerza.co.za, brings the magic of African craftsmanship to a global audience.

"Local Is Lekker ZA isn’t just a shop; it’s a movement dedicated to celebrating and supporting African artisans." #Africagoeslocal