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Are TOMS really helping African children?

Ayja Bounous

TOMS has a very philanthropic image and motto: 'one for one'. But is this solving any problems in Africa? What Africa needs is an improved economy, with local economic stimulation. TOMS could be sourcing the production of their shoes in Africa, promoting economic development, but instead their sourcing their shoes from cheap factories in China. Having shoes isn't the problem in Africa. It's poverty. Provide jobs, not shoes. Create jobs, and parents can buy their own children their shows.

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  • Jessica Nieves

    Love this! You may be interested in an alternative: - sandals sold in the U.S. bust serves as micro-enterprise project that provides business training for those living in Mathare, Kenya.