Eat Local, Shop Global

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Marketplace Africa and DHL put African artisan goods in reach for holiday gift giving

Local vs. global is a debate for many of us. Should we support neighborhood businesses or encourage social change around the world with gifts that support emerging economies? This holiday, Marketplace Africa suggests that we enjoy the best of both worlds and Eat Local, Shop Global.

Enjoy the fruits of your neighborhood by buying local produce, supporting farmers’ markets and patronizing nearby restaurants. Then shop for unique gifts that support entrepreneurs and artisans in emerging African markets through Marketplace Africa.

Marketplace Africa offers a range of gifts for everyone on your list, including unique women’s and men’s fashions that offer distinctive looks using both modern and traditional techniques, as well as jewelry, body care, handbags and more. DHL provides the peace of mind as the leader in global shipping and even verifies the product prior to shipping. Shop on or before December 7th to ensure delivery before the Christmas holidays.

“It’s like sister cities for gift buying,” said Marketplace Africa CEO, Chris Folayan. “Your loved ones get unique gifts that highlight another culture and you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a difference to an emerging business. Because, whether around the corner or around the globe, small businesses are the engine for economic growth.”

Marketplace Africa, a joint venture between global shipping leader DHL and Africa’s e-commerce leader,  Mall for Africa, features women’s and men’s fashion, jewelry, gifts, body care and more. The partnership takes the complexity and uncertainty out of global online shopping. DHL handles all logistics services for the marketplace, including an exclusive product-verification process prior to shipping, while Mall for Africa’s award-winning, patented e-commerce platform manages Marketplace Africa’s proprietary platform and payment system. So American shoppers have access to the innovative designers and craftspeople across Africa creating stunning, world-class products using both traditional and cutting-edge techniques, while African businesses are able to connect to new markets and new customers.

If you would like to speak with the CEO of Marketplace Africa, Chris Folayan, and for all press inquiries please contact Brooke Cockrell at brooke@creativepitchgroup.com or 818.209.3800. For more information on the company, visit www.marketplaceafrica.com.