Micro Enterprise Program
“Give a person a fish, they eat for a day; teach a person to fish and they eat for a lifetime.”
The word micro-enterprise means “small business.”
And it’s a powerful way to help fight poverty.
New and gently-worn shoes are a resource that individuals who live in extremely poor countries can use to start a small business.
Because you donate shoes, we can make sure they have a constant supply of quality product. This ensures their business can be sustained long-term.
Real Economic Change
The income the small business owners earn gives them the ability to purchase necessities like food, shelter, and education for their families.
Your used shoes become someone else’s food, housing and education.
People are empowered to provide for themselves and their families.
The sale of 1 pair of shoes can provide 5 meals for Marie-Ange and her family in Haiti.
20 pairs sold can provide a year’s worth of shelter for Ginette and her family in Haiti.
30 pairs generate enough income to pay for a year’s worth of schooling for Tracy’s daughter in Honduras.
Together, we can help people step out of poverty.
Here’s how it works:
You donate shoes
Repurpose shoes are donated to Soles4Souls by individuals, shoe drives and footwear companies.
We sort and distribute
Once sorted, we transport the shoes to vetted nonprofit organizations on the ground in developing nations, who purchase them for an avg. of $1 per pair.
Businesses are created
Our nonprofit partners provide training and support where job opportunities don’t exist. These people start small businesses selling shoes within their local communities.
Lives are changed
Selling shoes generate the income these business owners need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.