Giving Partner Interview with Coprodeli in Peru

Coprodeli is an amazing organization that provides education, housing, health care, food security, job training and more to families living in some of the most impoverished communities in Peru. In 2010, Coprodeli began giving TOMS Shoes in combination with their other services. We sat down with Coprodeli to talk about the difference being made by giving shoes to children in need. And here’s what they had to say: Tell us about your education program. We feel that education is so important, especially in Peru. Peru has one of the worst education systems in all of Latin America. Coprodeli has 16…

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Giving Trip Journal: Bill visits Coprodeli

A TOMS Giving Trip is a unique experience. We invite TOMS employees and community members to visit our Giving Partners for a week. Those travelers help distribute shoes to children in the communities our Partners serve. They also experience and learn about both the TOMS Giving models and the wider world of international development. And they’re hard work, as Bill — a TOMS employee in Wholesale — shares here… I have been selling shoes my entire adult life; first at retail, and now at wholesale. The net result is a few decades of building knowledge in this field, establishing industry…

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TOMS Supporters of the Month: Girl Scout Troop 3425

Each month, we highlight a different individual or group from our community, the #TOMStribe, to share their stories about how they give back to make a difference. This month, our friends from the Girl Scouts have the floor… Eleven unique girls make up Girl Scout Troop 3425 (San Diego, CA). They have been a troop for five years, led by Troop Leader Kelly Campbell, actively seeking opportunities to enhance their leadership skills. Troop 3425 is a proud participant of Girl Scout Cookie Season. The money they earn is used for troop operations, including badges, workshops, encampments, and many other activities. …

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TOMS Giving in the United States

The United States isn’t only a place we call home; it’s also where our customers’ purchases are bringing opportunity to children in need. And we couldn’t be more excited to share our story with you. Working closely with our Giving Partners here in the United States, we’ve expanded our giving to meet the needs of children all over the country. TOMS has been giving in the U.S. on a small scale since 2009. We’ve spent the last few years testing and adapting our U.S. Giving strategy so we could responsibly launch a sustainable, large-scale Giving effort. And with so much…

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Profiles in One for One: Joey receives new Sports Shoes

You may recognize Joey from our Giving in the U.S. video, but we wanted you to get to know him as well as we do. He’s a really cool kid and we had a great time when we were in Kentucky shooting hoops and talking basketball. Joey is 11 years old and lives in Eastern Kentucky. He’s in the sixth grade and already has big dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. Joey’s smart. He knows that becoming a professional basketball player wont’ be easy. In fact, it’s going to take a lot of hard work, he tells us, but…

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Marketplace Feature: Give Perf

TOMS is thrilled to have a new partner on TOMS Marketplace, Give Perf. We sat down with Brooke and Casey, the (newly engaged!) couple who founded the company to hear how they got started and what we can expect to see next. Tell us the story behind the name Give Perf. “Perf” is a term that has been used in Casey’s family for years. At its origin, they used it as a word for getting cozy — but throughout time it has evolved into a feeling used to describe the moments in time you wish could last forever. Getting Perf:…

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Manufacturing Profiles in One for One: Josaphat

TOMS has committed to produce 1/3 of our Giving Shoes in the countries where we give by the end of 2015. In 2014, we opened our first factory in Haiti, helping to create and support local jobs for people like Josaphat. Josaphat is a 27-year-old employee at the TOMS factory in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his four brothers, mother and father. At the factory, his role is to take the scrap rubber from produced Giving Shoes and melt it down to be reused. The scrap rubber is collected in a big bag and then poured into a heating machine…

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This Is Port-au-Prince

We are so inspired by the culture and landscape of Haiti, and on our next venture there, we would love to make sure we stop by the best spots to see and learn as much as we can. We grabbed our local friend James Innocent and asked him to for his Port-au-Prince city guide. From where to listen to live music to the best places for walking around and exploring, James has you covered. MUSIC The Oloffson Hotel / RAM (visited by TOMS) — Live voodoo music, very fun event that a lot of internationals and Haitians go to Yanvalou —…

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How Prescription Glasses Are Made

At TOMS, we’ve always been so proud of how we help restore sight with our amazing Sight Giving Partners and our supporters’ TOMS Eyewear purchases. We’re especially proud of how we help restore sight in not just one way, but three different ways — surgeries, medical treatments and prescription glasses — that improve the lives of those who are visually impaired in 13 countries. Today, we’re excited to take you behind the scenes to explain how, exactly on of those three ways works: prescription glasses. Ever wonder how the glasses we give, and sometimes wear ourselves, work? There’s no doubt…

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