How CI and TOMS team up to kick poverty

It’s spring here in the Midwest, where CI HQ is located. It’s the time many of us don our sandals — or even go barefoot through the soft, lush grass. We’re fortunate to have that choice: Wear shoes or go barefoot. Many kids in the countries where CI works go barefoot because they have no other option.

That’s why we joined forces with TOMS three years ago. Through its One for One® model, TOMS provides a new pair of shoes to a child for every shoe purchased. Since 2013, TOMS and CI have distributed 3.5 million new pairs of kicks to kids in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the U.S. and Zambia.

Check out the types of footwear our kids receive and discover how shoes help kids break the cycle of poverty!

Water-resistant with drainage holes in the upper part of the shoe are great for regions that experience heavy rainy seasons.

They’re lightweight but durable — able to withstand the normal wear and tear of kids who traverse all types of terrain (ravines, mountains, hills, rocks and more).


576 to 740 million

people in developing countries are infected with hookworms — which lead to nutritional deficiency and anemia.

TOMS shoes provide the protection kids need to stay healthy.

Velcro straps make these sneakers easy to slip on and off for kids in the U.S. Comfy materials and thick soles are made for active kids (and make them the perfect gym shoes)!

Plus, all TOMS alleviate the financial burden on families that don’t have the disposable income to replace worn‑out and outgrown shoes.



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