One of the many reasons I love South Africa is because of something called Ubuntu. It's hard to define, so I like to think of it as a simple word for conveying how when we support one another as a part of a community, we can all accomplish great things.
Ubuntu Bicycles combines the founder's passion for bicycling and interest in giving back to the community of Cape Town. This social enterprise is transforms used and abused bicycles into something great by employing local artists and grassroots organizations to do custom paint jobs, sew leather seats, and craft custom accessories. The bikes are then sold online and locally in Cape Town out of their Woodstock workshop. Part of the proceeds from their bicycle sales go back into the Ubuntu Trust, which is partnered with other local community organizations to offer funding and support for their causes.