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 that they have produced over 1 million pairs of TOMS Giving Shoes that have been distributed to local partners in the country.
“We are happy to be working with TOMS because we know that what we are making is going to benefit children in our country,” TOMS’ Kenya factory manager shared. “It’s changing the mindset of a lot of our workers. We’re [all] starting to think in different ways.”
In addition to the milestone in production at our Kenya factory, the factory’s management was eager to provide its employees and their children new, locally produced TOMS Shoes.
Our business has not only helped create new jobs in Kenya, but has also carried the factory through slower production periods, so that people have access to stable jobs throughout the year with the consistent production of TOMS Giving Shoes.
Not only have 1 million pairs been produced in Kenya, but our team producing shoes in India has also reached this incredible milestone. And as we continue to establish manufacturing in Haiti, back at TOMS HQ we’ve been excited to see some of the first shoes in production at the facility, which are set to ship to local Giving Partners later this month!
We’re so proud of all of these accomplishments, which bring us closer to our goal of helping create more jobs in regions where we give.