New artisan market for local entrepreneurs

2018-03-07 06:00

RETURNING to Port Elizabeth after living in Johannesburg for 20 years, Annelize Botha saw an opportunity to create an artisan market for local entrepreneurs and has been working on setting things in motion for some time.

For more than a year, she approached various organisations for assistance and in the end it was a fellow entrepreneur, Grant Foong, who provided them with a “home” for the Locally Yours Market.

Commenting on the reason she started the market, Botha said, “Currently, there are many small business owners, myself included, who rely on their businesses for sustainable income. Our businesses are self-funded as we do not qualify for any funding or assistance due to several factors.”

Though they have faced many challenges, the market is still going strong. Botha said they are proud to say that all of their artisans are from Nelson Mandela Bay.

They started off with only 10 artisans and have grown to include 44 artisans at the next market.

“We have a wide variety of crafts and delicious food and beverages will be on sale as well. We have also used photography and artwork on our various advertisements and artwork from vendors who will be at the market so make sure that we keep it local,” Botha added.

The next market will see new entrepreneurs launch several products as well.

The next Locally Yours Market will take place at the Tramways Building on March 21 from 09:00 to 15:00.

For more info contact Annelize Botha on 082 785 4118 or visit the Locally Yours Market Facebook page.

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