Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. The organization’s mission is to Wear Out Poverty by focusing on both short-term relief and long-term solutions. Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise model is designed to create real economic change in developing nations by utilizing new and gently-worn shoes as a resource to provide people with an opportunity to start and sustain a small business of their own. This is a powerful and sustainable way for people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
In shoestrings, author Buddy Teaster shares the stories of people directly impacted, Soles4Souls’ partners on the ground, and the brands and volunteers working diligently to disrupt the cycle of poverty. With more than thirty million pairs of shoes distributed since 2006, Soles4Souls’ own evolution reflects the power of commitment, focus, and partnership in creating real economic impact in some of the world’s most challenging places.
In this book, Buddy Teaster brings together dozens of people to share the impact of Soles4Souls’ life-changing work around the globe. These are stories about grit, purpose and honesty that offer lessons for non-profit and business leaders alike.
President, National Retail Federation Foundation
Shoestrings is a story of resiliency, opportunity and overcoming. Through Buddy’s candid retelling of what it takes to disrupt the cycle of poverty and create opportunity for all, we learn the power of Soles4Souls and social enterprise. A must-read for anyone seeking to change the world through empowerment.
CEO, Social Enterprise Alliance
Soles4Souls isn’t just about providing shoes to those in need. Its greater purpose is to stamp out poverty through its farsighted approach to lifting those stuck in cyclical poverty and empowering them through their micro-enterprise model… You will be inspired at every turn of the page.
VP Social Purpose and Managing Director, Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Foundation
What Soles4Souls does is wonderfully simple; they create opportunities to improve life’s journey one step at a time. We are proud to be associated with an organization that does so much with so little.
CEO, Minnetonka Moccasin
Soles4Souls provides their partners full transparency in where donations are changing lives. The stories in this book highlight their ability to create a strategic vision and measurable impact to help wear out poverty around the world.
Strategic Projects, Stitch Fix