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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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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Restoring Sight to a Female Community Health Worker

In the Kapilvastu District of Nepal, Basmati Mishra works as a community health volunteer. In her job, she visits villages in the district daily, engaging her community through government health programs like immunizations, vitamin distributions, maternal health and other related programs. In addition to providing basic health services, Basmati had also been trained in basic eye health, becoming familiar with the symptoms of vision loss and cataract. This proved to be incredibly helpful when Basmati began to notice her visual acuity was slowly diminishing, and she could no longer do her job as well. Basmati learned of an eye camp…

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Profiles in One for One Safe Water

Name: Cristina Age: 15 years old Location: Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala Type of water project: Gravity-fed water system with pump For 15-year-old Cristina, water has always been a precious commodity in her home. Since she was a little girl, her parents would purchase water for household use, and ration it out because it was a major expense for her family. At 5 Quetzales (the Guatemalan currency) per jug, her parents would often have to buy four or five jugs per day just to support their family of 11. “We use the water to cook, wash clothing and for personal…

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In Ethiopia, a Mother and her Family Celebrate Sight

Imagine opening your eyes finding everything blurry. For Ansha Ali — a 65-year-old mother of five and grandmother to 17 in Ethiopia — and others that suffer from visual impairment, the loss of vision can be devastating, preventing them from taking part in daily activities like work, school or tending to a home. Ansha began to lose her vision over two years ago, before becoming totally blind in both eyes due to cataract. “When I lost my sight [in] both of my eyes, I was very depressed…because I thought the life of a blind and old woman is worthless,” Ansha explained….

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Education and the Importance of Sight

Dr. Corey Hodes is a Los Angeles-based optometrist working with TOMS Sight Giving Partner Helen Keller International’s ChildSight program. We’re excited to have Dr. Hodes share his story with you as a ChildSight® optometrist and why vision is so important for a child’s future in education. Vision is the most important aspect in learning and education. But each year in the United States, two million children suffer from uncorrected refractive errors. Without glasses, these children struggle in school because they are unable to clearly focus on the white-board, reading material, classroom lectures or homework assignments. A simple pair of prescription…

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