SOUL OF AFRICA IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
PROVIDING SKILLS, EARNINGS AND SUPPORT TO COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA.
MADE IN AFRICA, WORN BY THE WORLD
In 2003 Lance Clark, the 6th generation shoemaker who brought the world the Wallabee and Desert trek boot, was invited to Durban in South Africa to advise on the shoe industry there. At that time the unemployment ran at 50% and as a result there were significant social problems in the area.
Whilst in South Africa, Lance decided to pursue the idea to 'give the people the means, the ambition and the pride to help themselves' through shoemaking rather than aid dependency”.
From that beginning, Soul of Africa has been making shoes in South Africa, Tunisia and Ethiopia.
In 2016 Soul of Africa products were awareded Label acknowledging that our goods are:
- Quality Assured
- Ethically Sourced
- Manufactured in Africa using locally sourced materials
- Socially Beneficial
In 2017 we set up a brand new production line in Ethiopia developing skills and creating permanent employment for shoemakers, technicians, managers… as the production continues to grow, it will the positively impact on the lives of the employees and their families.
Over the past decade Soul of Africa has helped 18,000 children and families delivering over 100 projects. Read more about our projects and view Lance's artwork (all profit from sales is donated to SOA UK Charitable Trust).
Soul of Africa is a social enterprise and consists of two entities: Soul of Africa UK Company and Soul of Africa UK Charitable Trust.
The company is run as an efficient business making shoes in Africa and selling products globally.
Soul of Africa UK Charitable Trust is the 100% shareholder of the Soul of Africa Trading company.
The UK Charitable Trust holds 2 meetings yearly to distribute the funds to support local communities where the shoes are made.
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