Passion is one of the key ingredients to building any successful business and brand. And, in the world of artisan chocolate making, it is one of the Savanna Premium Chocolate brand’s strongest assets, thanks to founders Chiinga Musonda and Lynn Musonda Phiri.

What does your company do?

Savanna Premium Chocolate is a brand of Vanimi Zambia Ltd. We are a bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Lusaka, Zambia. We produce luxury artisan chocolates and other chocolate products for Africa and other international markets.

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What inspired you to start your company?

My sister and I absolutely love chocolate. The inspiration to start our chocolate company goes back to our childhood. Growing up, chocolate was not easily available in the stores. However, since our Dad used to travel abroad quite lot, he would always bring back chocolate from his trips. We loved chocolate as a family. 

Both my sister and I have lived abroad and every time we would come back to Zambia we would bring back different types of chocolate for family and friends. Chocolate always brings a smile on people’s faces.

My boyfriend and I went to a chocolate festival in Amsterdam where I was able to experience the chocolate making process. I got very excited about making our own chocolate in Zambia using cocoa beans grown in Africa. So together with my sister, we decided to create a bean to bar chocolate company because of our love for chocolate but also because we want to make an impact in Africa. The challenges below motivated us to help develop the chocolate industry in Africa and change the narrative that premium chocolates are only made in western countries.

Source: Lionesses of Africa