Women’s Economic Empowerment: The Water Sellers of Rwanda

Women are disproportionately affected by the lack of water and sanitation and get the greatest improvement to their quality of life from having them – more convenience for cooking and cleaning, more safety and personal health, and fewer sick children to nurse and worry over. They very often get something else, too: a chance to grow into a position of leadership and economic power within their communities and families. With 173 new jobs added in 2013, most of them held by women, that is what is happening in Water For People’s Rwanda Country Program. Water For People partners with national…

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Reaching Milestones in Local Manufacturing

Reaching Milestones in Local Manufacturing  In 2013, we made a commitment to do more than give shoes and help restore sight. To help create and support jobs in regions where we give, TOMS committed to producing 1/3 of our Giving Shoes in regions where we give them by 2015. By producing more shoes locally, we create and support jobs in places where they are needed most. TOMS Giving Shoes are now produced in six countries: Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, India and Kenya. And in the last few months, we’ve hit some major milestones: At our Kenya manufacturing facility, the team recently announced…

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The Additional Give in Product Partnerships

Working on the Partnerships team at TOMS is exciting. It allows us to creatively collaborate on new products with exciting companies like Vogue Market and Jonathan Adler. Our partnerships are the meetings of great minds; each collaboration is a unique mixture of TOMS and that special something that makes our partners awesome. It offers us (and our customers) the opportunity to get out of our comfort zones. Even better? We get to work with our friends from all sorts of other companies to create something special to all of us…and to you! TOMS’ product partnerships run the gamut — we…

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Marketplace Feature: Faire Collection

New to TOMS Marketplace this season, Faire Collection is a fair trade lifestyle brand that alleviates poverty by utilizing a holistic approach which develops their artisans’ productive skills, promotes family & health education and increases income levels.  Stemming from her desire to make a positive impact on the world, Founder Amanda Judge left her job in finance to travel Latin America searching for inspiration. While working toward her master’s degree in economic development, Amanda made her way to Ecuador to research how communities could sustainably bring themselves out of poverty. She spent days wandering through Ecuadorian markets, meeting local artisans and ultimately…

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Marketplace Feature: La Mer Collections

We’re excited to announce that we have three new brands joining TOMS Marketplace this holiday season. First up is La Mer Collections. This collection of beautiful handcrafted watches was born from founder Martine Ilana’s passion for design, her love of quality materials and simple beauty. She pulls inspiration for each piece from her journeys: South Africa’s colorful markets, Bali’s lush flowers, Italy’s gorgeous leathers and Thailand’s clear blue ocean. Each season La Mer’s color palette is chosen from these bright and colorful experiences.  The Guatemala Collection joins TOMS Marketplace from a collaboration with Kixjo artisans in Guatemala. Each piece is wrapped with…

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Giving Trip Journal- Evita

Evita is a member of the TOMS Giving team, focusing on our Giving Partners in Africa. In March 2014, Evita had the opportunity to visit Children International’s programming in the Dominican Republic on a TOMS Giving Trip. Here, she shares her story from the field… TOMS Giving Trips are a unique and exciting experience at TOMS. TOMS Giving Partners like Children International work hard year-round to distribute shoes as part of their community development programs. Giving Trips provide TOMS employees and contest winners the chance to visit our partners in the fieldnd help them give new shoes to children in…

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Introducing: TOMS Roasting Co. Thankful Blend

Introducing the season’s signature roast – TOMS Thankful Blend. Smooth and lightly spiced, this blend is named after Thankful Day, a tradition that dates back to the beginning of TOMS. Each fall, employees share a meal and express thanks to each other for the friendship, support and camaraderie of the past year. We invite you to join us by writing down what you’re most thankful for in the open space on the coffee bag. TOMS Thankful Blend is a pairing of beans from Pearl Mountain, India, and Buremera, Rwanda. Both regions are known for natural farming and harvesting practices steeped…

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Marketplace Feature: Azie Tesfai, Founder of Fortuned Culture

Fortuned Culture is a TOMS Marketplace jewelry brand that supports different charities from around the world. We sat down with founder Azie Tesfai to learn about her artistic inspiration and how she decides the unique give behind each piece. Where did the idea for Fortuned Culture stem from? I come from a 3rd world country. I am Eritrea, my mom’s family who I am very close with is from Ethiopia and I spent a lot of time in East Africa as a child growing up and so I was very aware of poverty. So then living in Los Angeles I…

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Economic Opportunity: A Bangladeshi Barber Returns to Work

For 42-year-old Sujon Mia in Bangladesh, a TOMS-supported cataract surgery from Sight Giving Partner Marium Eye Hospital meant he could return to his work as a barber to support his family of four. Below, Sujon shares his story: About one year ago, I found that I was having problem in both my eyes. I was feeling uncomfortable to see clearly from a long distance. So, I took an immediate treatment from [a local hospital]. But it was not useful so, recently I started losing sight of both my eyes. Therefore, I came for a checkup to an eye camp of…

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