BioPed Footcare has donated more than 250,000 pairs of gently used shoes to Soles4Souls Canada, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.
In 2015 BioPed created a company-wide initiative to collect gently used shoes in all 85 BioPed Footcare Clinics across Canada. They asked clients and local community members to help by donating or hosting shoe drives to get more people involved.
The donated shoes will be distributed to Soles4Souls Canada’s 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.
The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty simply 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.