Nobunto is a South African Fair Trade company that creates high quality hand-painted candles, ceramics and handcrafted greeting cards with the utmost attention to detail using mainly African inspired designs. Their 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.
Based in the small village Napier, about 112 miles east of Cape Town, South Africa, Nobunto has provided employment to mostly women of the disadvantaged community and guarantees an income for over 18 families. The current unemployment rate in the region is in the area of 50%. The word Nobunto comes from the Sotho language, meaning "For the people".
The company name, as well as their logo, with four intertwined hands, reflects their motivation and spirit: Community, Co-operation, Friendship, global Harmony, helping Hands, Multicultural, People, Teamwork and Fair Trade.