One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need. Alex Tooke & Derek Weber along with the entire Peak Properties Group have launched a shoe drive to collect 5,000 pairs of new or gently-worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.
Between April 1 and Dec. 31, bring new or gently-worn shoes of any kind to 2851 S. Parker Rd. Suite 100, Aurora. For more information, contact 720-515-7713 opt 0 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The donated shoes will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The micro-enterprise model provides individuals the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost product. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.
“At Peak Properties it is our mission to support our local and global communities; however, we can,” said Alex Tooke, co-founder and employing broker at Peak Properties. “Our partnership with Soles4Souls is a unique way to help our global communities here at home while working with our clients and friends to collect unwanted shoes while they are moving or cleaning out their homes. Such a simple act can have such a huge impact.”
The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty do not have access to stable employment. The income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, whereas 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child.
Revenue generated by Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise operations funds the organization’s free distribution programs. These distributions provide relief in many developing nations around the globe in times of disaster and help bridge the economic gap in the United States and Canada.
To host a shoe drive or find out more information, go to www.GiveShoes.org/Get-Involved.
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