Building a Sustainable Shoe Industry in Haiti

Amar is the Director of Giving Operations at TOMS. A large part of his job has been overseeing TOMS’ local manufacturing efforts, including the set-up and opening of the TOMS factory in Haiti. Since our commitment to produce 1/3 of our Giving Shoes locally, Amar has traveled to nearly all of our manufacturing sites to help them stay on track and improve operations. He recently returned from his second trip to Haiti, and was eager to share the progress we’ve made together… According to the World Bank, Haiti is the least developed country in the Western Hemisphere, with over half…

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Giving in Haiti

This spring, travel with TOMS to Haiti, a beautiful country with an inspiring spirit of resilience. Five years ago, a catastrophic earthquake caused major damage in southern Haiti, affecting the lives of an estimated 3 million people. The country, the only one in the Western Hemisphere that the United Nations and the World Bank has classified as “least developed,” is still on the mend. TOMS is committed to Haiti, where we’ve had a Giving presence since 2009. Working with Giving Partners like IMA World Health, Convoy of Hope and our featured Shoe Giving Partner this season, Partners In Health, we’ve…

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This is Haiti

TOMS is proud to be showcasing Haiti’s vibrant culture, globally influential art and amazing natural beauty this spring as we debut our latest footwear and our newest One for One®, launching soon. TOMS is committed to creating new jobs in Haiti, a country that has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. In 2014, we opened a manufacturing facility near Port-au-Prince, where your purchases have already allowed us to locally produce and give over 400,000 pairs of shoes. Creative jobs are especially hard to find in Haiti, and TOMS is proud to have also hired thirty Haitian artisans…

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Packing Essentials: TOMS Roasting Co. + X Games

This week, TOMS Roasting Co. is headed to caffeinate our friends at the X Games. We are excited to share TOMS Coffee with the athletes as they showcase their hard work from throughout the year! X Games Aspen 2015 will take place January 22-25, 2015 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. While TOMS Coffee will definitely warm us up from the inside out, here a few things I will be bringing with me to stay toasty throughout X Games. Some suggested items: 1. Brown Leather Searcher Boots — These have been my go to travel boots all winter! They have great…

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Behind the Scenes with Kanene Donehey Pipkin of The Lone Bellow

Last week The Lone Bellow stopped by TOMS HQ to play some songs off their new album Then Came the Morning. After the show we sat down with Kanene to hear about what’s been happening behind the scenes. How do you take your coffee? My favorite is a good black V60, or an occasional cortado when I’m feeling fancy. TOMS classics or lace ups? Wedges! New Year- What’s one of your goals for 2015? I’m still learning the art of spending your time well while spending lots of time in a car every day. I want to write more letters,…

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Empowering Girls: Farishta’s Story

An educated girl can empower herself, help her community and change her country. TOMS has been proud to partner with AmeriCares to help girls achieve a healthy start in Afghanistan. Over the past two years, TOMS has partnered with AmeriCares and its local partner American Medical Overseas Relief (AMOR) in Afghanistan to help thousands of children and mothers receive pre- and postnatal care, vaccination services and health education through its medical outreach programs. Everywhere possible, TOMS Shoes are given after a medical check-up and vaccinations, and provided as part of an adolescent health education program held at various schools and…

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Coffee Chat Series with TOMS Roasting Co. Baristas

Here at TOMS, we know our baristas put the sole soul into each of our TOMS Roasting Co. locations. From our Los Angeles Flagship to our newest stores in Austin, Portland and Chicago, these TOMS employees have a lot to talk about when it comes to coffee. Read on over the next few weeks for a few of their coffee tips and tales. What advice do you have for someone who is just getting into coffee? Marie, Jake: Start out with a black cup of coffee. Whether a drip or pour over, a black cup of coffee will allow you…

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Integrating Shoes into Financial Literacy Programs

For women in Rwanda like Fortune, a widow and mother of four children, it can often be difficult to provide for a family. Without the proper skillsets, many local Rwandans do not know how to save money or begin their own businesses to help create a sustainable living and economy in their communities. That’s where TOMS Giving Partner Global Communities steps in. The organization takes a market-based approach in Rwanda, connecting people to real income-generating opportunities including savings and lending programs, job placement and entrepreneurship promotion. In addition, Global Communities links vulnerable families in Rwanda to local networks of social,…

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What We’re Looking forward to in Giving for 2015

2014 was a whirlwind of a year for TOMS in its Giving Department. From the TOMS Roasting Co. launch with the gift of safe water to another year leading the charge for One Day Without Shoes, we couldn’t wait for our holiday break. But now that we’re back and it’s a new year, Giving is more excited than ever for what’s in store for 2015. Here are the Top 3 things we’re looking forward to in 2015: 1 – Another new product launch: Which means another new give! The Giving Team has been working hard throughout 2014 to prepare for…

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