Tag Archives: Ethiopia

Profiles in One for One: Lubaba Receives a Trichiasis Surgery

Name: Lubaba Age: 50 Location: Mojana, Ethiopia Giving Partner: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology Service Provided: Trichiasis Surgery For 50-year-old Lubaba, the pain she felt in her eyes was so intense, that she almost always wanted to keep them closed. For nearly 10 years, Lubaba was suffering from trichiasis, an infection of the eyelids, which causes severe burning and scratching of the cornea. Before visiting a local outreach hosted by TOMS Giving Partner Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, Lubaba was unsure if she’d ever be able to see again. “The vision affected everything in my life,” she explained. “I kept…

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Reaching Milestones in Local Manufacturing

Reaching Milestones in Local Manufacturing  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…

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TOMS X Operation Change

Last week we brought you the launch of the TOMS Marketplace fall collection and we couldn’t be more excited. We now offer over 300 globally inspired, socially conscious products, and every product has a story. LSTN Headphones is one of our Marketplace partners with a truly incredible story, and a very memorable giving partner. Determined to make the world a better place through the power of music and consumers, LSTN founders Bridget Hilton and Joe Huff have created a line of headphones that also helps restore hearing to people in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Each year, the Starkey…

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Fostering Empowerment in Sustainable Eye Care

Since the launch of TOMS Eyewear in 2011, we’ve been committed to investing in long-term solutions to eye care. That’s why our Sight Giving program invests in clinics and hospitals, as well as the people who work in them. With the help of Seva Foundation, our lead Sight Giving Partner, we support locally based organizations that train local residents to provide high quality, professional eye care. So it’s not just an investment in the clinics and hospitals; it’s an investment in the people who work in them. Each TOMS Eyewear purchase is carefully structured to contribute to restoring sight to a…

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Marketplace Feature: The Women of Raven + Lily

Based out of Austin, TX Raven + Lily is a socially-conscious lifestyle brand that connects ethical design and women’s empowerment in a line of statement jewelry pieces, accessories, and clothing. Raven + Lily helps employ marginalized artisans in Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, Kenya, and the U.S. at fair wages, providing them with sustainable income, education, healthcare, and the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Here, the women behind Raven + Lily let us into their world, discussing their collaborative creative process, the problem with ‘fast fashion’ and the biggest misconception of Fair-Trade and eco-friendly fashion….

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Eight Ways We Give

We’re celebrating our 8th Birthday! This week we’ll be celebrating all things eight with a special look at the things that make TOMS unique. First up to honor in our celebration, eight years of Giving.  What began as a simple idea has evolved into a powerful business model helping address need, and also advance health, education and economic opportunity for children and their communities around the world. As we look back on these eight years, we would like to highlight eight countries that have had a hand in shaping our Giving story. Argentina This is where it all started. In 2006,…

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Saving sight in Ethiopia: Tajitu’s story

Name: Tajitu Age: 65 Location: Gimbi, Ethiopia Giving Partner: Light for the World For more than a year, Tajitu believed she could no longer see just because she was getting older. At 65, her husband and three children — two elder boys and one young girl —took care of her; helping to feed and dress her, and assisting in Tajitu’s daily activities. Over time, her impaired vision became unbearable; a major challenge to her entire family, who earns an income from a small farm that produces coffee products. Tajitu’s eldest son, who works for the government in a town called Gimbi in…

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