nobunto is a South African Fair Trade manufacturer and creates high quality handcrafted products, like hand-painted candles, gift cards and recycled jewellery, with the utmost attention to detail using mainly African inspired designs. nobunto products are responsibly handmade with love and care for our customers, artisans and the environment.
Based in the small village Napier, about 180 km east of Cape Town, nobunto has provided employment to mostly woman of the disadvantaged community and guarantees an fair income for our employees. The unemployment rate in the area is in the region of 50%.
The word nobunto comes from the Sotho language, meaning “For the people“.
Our company name, as well as our logo, with four intertwined hands, reflects our motivation and spirit: Community, Cooperation, Friendship, Global Harmony, Helping Hands, Multicultural, People, Teamwork and Fair Trade.
nobunto works and operates daily in accordance with the Principles of Fair Trade with relation to, amongst others, Dialogue, Transparency, Respect and Sustainability.
Our mission is, in a region with high unemployment, to alleviate poverty, not only through development of industry but to be socially, ethically, and sustainably responsible. Our vision is to preserve and use traditional artisanal skills through combining high quality materials with Fair Trade working practices.
On the initiative of an European partner we were in 2012 over 4 days assessed by an EFTA member. The EFTA (European Fair Trade Association) is an association of nine Fair Trade importers in eight European countries. Through this assessment, many of our efforts and experiences have been positively confirmed. Over the years we were also regularly monitored by some of our customers from around the world.
nobunto is sensitive and responsible with regard to our environment. Wherever possible, we make use of recycling, use sustainable resources and make environmentally conscious decisions.
Please feel free to visit us - you are most welcome.