If apartheid architecture could segregate and oppress, Ubuntu-led design can bring people together and enable opportunities for all.
— Wandile, UDG Cofounder
 

OUR MISSION

Ubuntu Design Group exists to solve architectural design and financial inclusion problems of low-income communities around the world. Our mission is to empower inadequately sheltered families to overcome economic and social challenges and barriers, through innovation and collaboration in designing for the future vision of their home and community.

 
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APPLY FOR A UBUNTU HOME

Ubuntu seeks to develop community-based architecture to liberate and enable opportunity, growth, and commerce for low-income communities. We do work that will benefit and have a sustainable impact on low-income neighborhoods Our services include architectural design, Urban Design, Design Thinking, and strategic planning.

 

WAYS TO PARTNER WITH US

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IMPACT INVESTORS

Impact investors lend Ubuntu at principal plus capital preservation interest – Companies who partner with us in this category benefit from social impact points.

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Co-Sponsor PARTNER

Co-Sponsors dually fund a home with another individual or entity. Companies who partner with us in this category benefit from Social & Enterprise BEE points.

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SPONSOR PARTNER

Help us build an entire home to provide shelter, and financial sustainability for a family. Companies who partner with us in this category benefit from Social & Enterprise BEE points.

 
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UBUNTU ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Ubuntu seeks to develop community-based architecture to liberate and enable opportunity, growth, and commerce for low-income communities. We do work that will benefit and have a sustainable impact on low-income neighborhoods Our services include architectural design, Urban Design, Design Thinking, and strategic planning.

 

FOR AS LITTLE AS $10/R140, BUY–A–BRICK to BUILD A HOME

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The Ngcobo family lived in a temporary mud-brick house, which was sadly destroyed during a rainstorm. The destruction of the Ngcobo family’s house was not due to lack of hard work and effort by the family, but because of limited and poor resources available to them.

We partnered with the Ngcobo family to build them a new home, a home that reflects their creativity and culture, and empowers the community around them. We were able to raise the funds necessary through our generous donations through our Buy a brick, build a home campaign.

To promote local entrepreneurship and ingenuity all Ubuntu-designed homes have a commercial space allowing the structure to serve a dual purpose. The Ngcobo family will be running a fresh food produce market from their commercial space allowing the family to operate a business and be self-sustaining.

Learn more about the families we help.

 
 
 

PRESS & AWARDS

An organization that partners with us not only shares in our success but has direct access to our partners and media coverage.