A selection of capacity building projects with suppliers, other brands, governments and/or NGOs highlighting the stories behind the cubes and context map.
Collaborator: Soul of Africa
Date Active: 2012 – Present
Soul of Africa is a shoe social enterprise based in Africa that generates earnings, skills and support for African communities making footwear products. VIVOBAREFOOT have a license agreement to produce a range of barefoot shoes in Africa, which includes a donation from every pair to the Soul of Africa Trust. Galahad Clark, founder of VIVOBAREFOOT and Damian Peat, operations director, are both board members of this growing charity. Products are sold both via Vivobarefoot and Soul of Africa respectively.
Collaborator: Worn Again
Date Active: 2006 – Present
Worn Again is a UK based innovation business with a radical vision to eradicate textile waste from the global apparel and textile industry with technology designed as part of a circular resource model. Established in 2005 in East London, Worn Again began as a Business to Consumer ‘upcycling’ company, turning textile waste into new products of higher value. VIVOBAREFOOT used to make shoes with Worn Again. However, Worn Again is now run as an independent company and VIVOBAREFOOT owns a 10% stake. Galahad Clark, founder of VIVOBAREFOOT is an active board member of Worn Again.
Collaborator: Nanofasa / The Ju/'hoansi of the Kalahari Desert
Date Active: 2016 – Present
The Ju/'hoansi of the Kalahari Desert have been making sandals and craft items with local workers and local materials for thousands of years for personal use, exchange and social reasons. Their production tended to be more connected to their hunting and gathering lifestyle, but we have partnered with a tribe of San Bushmen from Namibia to bring the original San-dal, which is one of the first forms of footwear worn by human beings. Working to limited numbers, and directly within the community VIVOBAREFOOT have partnered with the Nanofasa Conservation Trust to help preserve and promote the knowledge of the Ju’/’hoansi san. Using sustainably sourced vegetable tanned Eland skin leathers, one of the thickest and most durable leathers in Africa, VIVOBAREFOOT have been able to utilise these ancient skills, and feed money back into the community.