Kuluntu Bakery builds stronger communities by co-creating a more equitable food system and hospitality industry with women at the center, using bread as a vehicle for social change.
What does Kuluntu mean and how do we achieve our mission?
The meaning of “kuluntu” is “community” in isiXhosa, a South African language of the amaXhosa. Kuluntu is a nonprofit cottage bakery, which means that we have a social mission and work at a growing scale from our home. We are currently undergoing a community-centric program development process which you can read more about here.
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Kuluntu Bakery envisions an interconnected and interdependent food system and hospitality industry with women at the center. This encompasses anyone who identifies as a woman or nonbinary person. This reimagined industry cultivates:
Kuluntu’s immediate goal is to open a brick and mortar bakery and community space that will be focused on this reimagined industry.
Photo by Kelsey Foster Photography
The meaning of “kuluntu” is “community” in isiXhosa, a South African language of the amaXhosa. We are inspired by the African philosophy of Ubuntu which means “humanity” and is often translated to mean “I am because you are”.
Kuluntu holds radical Ubuntu as a core value which guides our decisions and practices. Radical Ubuntu is best encapsulated by the everyday people who survive, thrive, and build communities with one another despite relentless systemic barriers.
Radical Ubuntu is a way of life that centers human dignity, interdependence, complexity, and liberation across the ways we think, interact, institutionalize, and structure. Radical Ubuntu begins from the premise that I cannot be who you are, and you cannot be who I am until the structures that divide and dehumanize us are transformed. As a lens and practice, radical Ubuntu incorporates and honors eight dimensions*:
Umphefumlo – our breath (our breath, centered in the earth, is our starting point)
Umzimba – our body (we practice deep love for our bodies and we promote radical belonging in all meanings attached to our beings)
Umqondo – our mind (we use our minds to think critically, intentionally, and imaginatively)
Inhliziyo – our hearts (we lead with love, heart and courage)
Ulwini – our language (we use language to build transformative connections)
Umoya – our soul (we practice generational soul healing together)
Amandla – our individual and collective power (we transform through collective power building)
Radical Ubuntu as a way of living is transformative and adds richness to life. It places the importance of the collective above individual needs and wants. We are inspired to co-build this way of life with you as our local and global community.
*Ubuntu is an ancient and life-giving Afrocentric way of life. The dimensions shared above reflect a subset of many aspects of Ubuntu.
We honor the wisdom of the ancestors, and those whose example guides our process. Thank you to the work of Sisonke Msimang, Eusebius Mckaiser, Pumla Gqola, Mfuniselwa Bhengu, Mokobe Ramose, Moeketsi Letsheka, Thaddeus Metz, Stanlake Samkange, the ancestors Rev. Desmond Tutu, Kenneth Kaunda, Julius Nyerere, Kwame Nkrumah, and Tata Rolihlala Mandela.
Sustainability and taking care of our planet is a practice that threads throughout our organization.