Category Archives: Giving

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 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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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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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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Success Breeds Success in Galufu, Malawi

In the small village of Galufu, Malawi, residents still recall the frequent outbreaks of cholera, especially during the rainy season, when they had to collect water from a polluted stream. One year they lost an entire family to the disease. This kind of illness is now only a memory. TOMS Giving Partner Water For People began working in Galufu nearly 15 years ago. Collaborating with Malawi Freshwater Project, a local NGO, Water For People worked with the small community of just 1,700 to develop four boreholes fitted with hand pumps to build household latrines. The availability of safe water and improved…

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One on One with Dr. DeCastro: Screening factory workers in Haiti

Meet Dr. Pierre-Yves DeCastro, an ophthalmologist working in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. TOMS Sight Giving Partner Visualiza is currently mentoring Dr. DeCastro in the business of sustainable eye care, with the plan that he will open a social eye care clinic in Haiti, where there are only 52 ophthalmologists for every 10 million people. During the TOMS trip to Haiti, Dr. DeCastro screened every employee at the TOMS factory for visual impairment. This was the first time many of the employees had ever received a vision test, and nearly half of them needed glasses. Purchases of TOMS Eyewear allowed us…

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Increasing Economic Productivity through Sight

Shira is the TOMS Director of Social Innovation and Impact, and manages our Sight Giving here at TOMS. Shira had the opportunity to travel with the TOMS team to Haiti to see our Sight Giving in action at the newly established TOMS factory. Here, she shares how good vision plays an impact on an entire country’s economy… In Haiti, there are only about 50 ophthalmologists, leaving much of the population without regular access to eye care. As our Sight Giving has grown, we’ve learned that vision plays a huge role in productivity. Without good vision, employees often struggle at work…

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