The idea of Nkuku came about after its founders had travelled through Africa and India. They wanted to find a way to promote the traditional skills of the artisans they met along the way, whilst building a sustainable business and in the process improve the challenging living standards and restricted opportunities that many artisans endured.
The name 'Nkuku' was borrowed from a village in Zambia and on their return to the UK Nkuku was set up in South Devon as a socially responsible, fair trade and equal opportunity business.
Specialising in stylish, eco friendly and fair trade gifts, handmade from natural materials, Nkuku products combine contemporary design and the traditional skills of artisans.
Nkuku works with a number of social projects, cooperatives and family businesses and is a member of two leading fair trade organisations, WFTO World Fair Trade Organisation and BAFTS British Association of Fair Trade Shops.
As a member of the WFTO, Nkuku demonstrates a 100% Fair Trade commitment and applies its 10 Principles of Fair Trade. They also prohibit the use of animal testing in their product development.
The company also has a strong environment policy and endeavour to create products using recycled and natural materials through sustainable methods of production. The products developed are not fashion items but instead have longevity within the market.
Nukuku uses company profit to invest in charities and are currently sponsoring a young mother through the charity KIDS Company and The Village of Hopes and Dreams, Manacare, Sri Lanka.
For more details please visit http://www.nkuku.com/.