Our values


“Ubuntu” is an African humanist philosophy focusing on people’s allegiances and relations with each other. We are deeply respectful of our environment and grateful for the knowledge imparted by the indigenous people of Africa. In the spirit of Ubuntu, Katavi Botanicals ensures the extracts used in our skincare range are sustainably sourced and that rural African communities benefit directly from their sale.

Our CEO, Gus Le Breton spent ten years building up a rural supply chain for African natural ingredients through the trade association PhytoTrade Africa. Established in 2001, it promotes the interests of small-scale producers in the growing international market for natural ingredients.

PhytoTrade’s mission is to grow the natural products industry in Southern Africa for the benefit of low-income rural producers with the added aim of creating direct incentives for rural people to invest in the sustainable management of their own biodiversity. Small-scale businesses in different countries across southern Africa organize wild harvesting by rural communities. The raw material is then sold to a small local company (some of which are also owned by the producers). These companies are all members of PhytoTrade Africa.

This is the supply chain Katavi uses for its products and it is one with which we have enduring ties.

Our commitment

Great care was taken in the formulation of the Katavi skincare range to produce a product that is safe for your skin, respects the environment, benefits rural communities in Africa and does no harm to animals. Our commitment to you is that our formulas are:

  • 100% natural
  • Dermatologist tested
  • pH correct
  • Never tested on animals
  • Formulated without animal products
  • Have been ethically harvested in a sound, sustainable manner
  • Benefit rural communities in Africa

Wikipedia: Nelson Mandela explained Ubuntu as follows:

“A traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?”