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We've helped create jobs by establishing manufacturing and sourcing our coffee beans
in the same regions where we have an established Giving presence.

Local Production

In 2013, TOMS committed to producing one third of our Giving Shoes in the regions where we give them. Local production helps to build industry and create jobs and sustainable futures.

Since committing to local production, TOMS has:

  • Created over 700 jobs in regions where we give
  • Produced over 10 million pairs of shoes in 5 countries
  • Employed an equal ratio of male to female workers

Our Factories

We produce our Giving Shoes in Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, India and Kenya.

TOMS has always been committed to serving countries that have the greatest need, no matter the challenge. One of the greatest challenges we've faced in getting shoes to children in need is customs clearance - or the logistics of getting shoes from Point A to Point B.

In some of the countries where we've seen great difficulty, our TOMS Giving Supply Chain team has decided to help by not only providing shoes to children in need, but also by creating jobs and establishing a manufacturing facility in those countries.

Choose a factory location below to learn more

  • Ethiopia

    • Employees:
    • Producing since:
    • Manufacturing:
      Black Canvas

    Ethiopia is a location of great importance to TOMS, where we've had a manufacturing presence since 2009. In Ethiopia, we're not just manufacturing Giving Pairs, but we've also taken on small-scale production of boots for people affected by Podoconiosis. Our manufacturers in Ethiopia take great care to provide a range of services to employees producing TOMS Giving Shoes, including housing, transportation and meals.

  • View of Ethiopian shoe manufacturing facility.
  • Worker in Ethiopia examines shoe seams for defects.
  • Worker in Ethiopia stitches on the TOMS flag onto the heel piece of a shoe.
  • Workers inspect shoes for quality control in Ethiopia.
  • Kenya

    • Employees:
    • Producing since:
    • Manufacturing:
      Black Canvas,
      Jiggers sandal

    Our manufacturing partner in Kenya is incredibly committed to the TOMS mission. Upon producing their 1 millionth pair of Giving Shoes, they celebrated by giving shoes to every employee in the factory. Our manufacturers have also partnered with us to help address jiggers, a parasitic sandflea that affects nearly 3 million people in Kenya. By producing a specific kind of shoe, we are able to address our Giving Partners' request, and improve treatment efforts for Kenyan children affected by jiggers. Kenya is also the first local manufacturing country where we will regionally export Giving Shoes to neighboring countries like Malawi, Tanzania and South Africa.

  • Worker in a local Kenya shoe factory sews the upper fabric of a Giving shoe.
  • Kenya shoe factory worker signs a banner of accomplishment.
  • Factory worker prepares upper for sole injection.
  • Kenya shoe factory worker sews the TOMS flag on the heel of a shoe.
  • Two workers in the Kenya shoe factory work side by side to prepare materials for shoes.
  • Argentina

    • Employees:
    • Producing since:
    • Manufacturing:
      Colorful Classics

    Argentina is where the TOMS story begins. It was both the first country where we gave shoes, and also started producing. After TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie's trip to Argentina, a local family decided they wanted to help Blake and his mission. They opened the factory, which is still in operation today to help TOMS provide shoes to children in need in their own country. In Argentina, we produce and give colorful alparagtas - a nod to Argentina's tradition, culture and style of locally made shoes.

  • TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie and colleague in Argentina factory try making shoes.
  • Shoe forms in Argentina factory.
  • Argentine factory worker manufactures shoes for local distribution.
  • Locally produced shoes on display in Argentina shoe factory.
  • Local textiles used to produce local classic alpargatas.
  • China

    • Employees:
    • Producing since:
    • Manufacturing:
      Classic Slip-On, Winter
      Boot, Sports Shoe,
      Wet-weather Slip-on

    China's not only a place where we manufacture the shoes that our customers wear every day, it's also a place where we're manufacturing all four of our core Giving Pairs: the Black Canvas, Winter Boot, Sports Shoe and Wet-weather Slip-on. We have a team of over 70 people in China helping to oversee our China operations. China is a country where we can truly see the Giving life cycle in action - from purchase, to manufacturing to Giving all in one country.

  • Manufacturing machines in a factory in China.
  • Female worker sews canvas slip-on upper fabric on sewing machine.
  • Worker focuses intently on sewing the upper fabric for the shoe.
  • Factory worker cuts out fabric patterns that will be used for shoes.
  • India

    • Employees:
    • Producing since:
    • Manufacturing:
      School shoe,
      Sports shoe

    In India, TOMS has produced over 2 million shoes for children in need. We've been able to link our manufacturing partner, a family-owned business, with local Giving Partners to experience Giving firsthand and see how their product is distributed in the field. Since this opportunity, factory management has been proactive in improving operations and knowledge sharing, everything from pre-lacing Sports Shoes prior to distribution, to providing female health training to its employees.

  • Worker in India assembles a girl's school shoe.
  • India Sports Shoe on the last, the form used to create the shoes.
  • Worker reviews quality of shoe in India shoe factory.
  • Team of workers inspect shoes in India shoe factory.
  • Haiti

    • Employees:
    • Producing since:
    • Manufacturing:
      Black Canvas

    With the help of the Clinton Foundation and the support of the Haitian government, TOMS made a commitment in 2013 to help establish manufacturing in Haiti at the Clinton Global Initiative. Just one year later, we opened our doors with partner LXJ Golden Pacific. To date, we've produced over over 500,000 shoes.

  • Worker in Haiti fits the heel of a shoe during production.
  • Worker in Haiti secures the upper part of the shoe to a shoe mold prior to injection.
  • Haiti factory worker prepares shoe for sole injection.
  • Canvas slip-on is placed on a machine to have sole injected.
  • Workers in Haiti prepare to secure combine the sole of the shoe with the upper part.

Our coffee is sustainably sourced

  • Farmers are paid fairly

    With sustainable sourcing practices, farmers are guaranteed the best prices for their craft.

  • You buy TOMS Roasting Co.

    Your purchase enables us to support farmers and communities that need improved access to safe water.

  • A community gets safe water

    TOMS sources its coffee beans from the same regions where we give safe water to people in need.

Founder, Blake Mycoskie, speaks to woman coffee farmer in Rwanda.

How we source our coffee

Country: Rwanda | Region: Shyara Mountain
Coordinates: 1.7472° S, 29.4270° E

Meet Josephine, a no-nonsense mother of eight children who owns the family-operated farm where our Rwanda roast beans come from. As buyers of sustainably sourced coffee beans, it's important for us to get to know our farmers personally and learn their amazing stories. Josephine lost her husband in Rwanda's genocide, but harbored a fierce determination to make a better life for her family. As one of the few female farm owners, she's turned her operation into one of the best-performing farms in the region.

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