Every quarter we summarize our total sales for the period and donate 1% of those earnings straight to The Shoe That Grows. In earlier posts we’ve told the story behind this foundation which you can read here. To date we’ve donated a total of $38,767 which equals 1889 pairs of shoes.
In addition to this contribution we’re also very motivated to help stimulate local production and job creation. How? The Shoe That Grows manufacture their shoes locally in Mombasa, Kenya. Using the local resources is a key in philantrophy, otherwise you might risk erupting and de-motivate the local growth and development.
Concrete example: if you send food to a place in need you still the hunger. But if you send the food and then stimulate local efforts to plant seeds for future food you get the best of two worlds: you still the hunger plus invigorate growth.
The Shoe That Grows partners with one factory in Mombasa who produce all of their shoes right now. It currently employed 20 people working solely with The Shoe That Grows.