Meet the Artisans of Nobunto

  • Nobunto

    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 180 km east of Cape Town, NOBUNTO has provided employment to mostly woman of the disadvantaged community and guarantees an income for over 18 families. The unemployment rate in the area is in the region of 50%. The word NOBUNTO comes from the Sotho language, meaning "For the people".

     


  • About Nobunto

    Source: http://www.nobunto.com/index.php?sec=about

    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.

     


  • Fair Trade Matters!

    Fair Trade Organizations
    At Yoga Geek we feel that the principles of Fair Trade mirror the finest principles of the various Yoga and Meditation traditions and practices that we respect. Fair Trade is a global movement that began in the 40’s and exists now as various parallel initiatives throughout the world. Driven by the efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and socially motivated individuals, Fair Trade began by providing advice, assistance and support to disadvantaged producers. Fair Trade has come to be a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.

    In keeping with the spirit of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, here are eight reasons we feel so strongly about, and are happy to be offering, Fair Trade products to our Yoga and Meditation communities:

    1. Fair Trade products are made in safe and healthy working conditions, where artisans receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run.
    2. Fair Trade embraces practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
    3. Artisans take pride in their work. Crafts are handmade, which translates into closer attention to detail and in the end higher-quality products
    4. By working through cooperative structures, Fair Trade artisans are able to invest Fair Trade earnings in their communities, improving housing, healthcare, and schools.
    5. Fair Trade products are unique to the places they come from and the people who make them. Farmers and artisans are involved in the entire process, and Fair Trade products reflect the people and cultures they come from.
    6. Fair Trade gives farmers and artisans control of their own future. They can build their own businesses, rather than working for a middleman, and the profits stay in their communities and go back into their businesses.
    7. By choosing Fair Trade products, you are not only accessing high quality products, you are making a difference in the lives of the people who grow the food you eat and/or the goods you use.
    8. Fair Trade prohibits child labor, ensures health and safety measures are established in order to avoid work-related injuries and follows International Labor Conventions (ILO). Workers are guaranteed access to healthcare and community development premiums can be used to provide greater access to /quality of healthcare and education.

     


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