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our skills projects


Soul of Africa currently works in Tunisia, Ethiopia and South Africa sustaining valuable employment opportunites and creating opportunities to learn the skills of shoemaking.

The factories that produce Soul of Africa shoes adhere to a stringent code of conduct, and in 2015 almost $300,000 was paid in wages.

At the focus of the skills projects that we support using the proceeds from the sale of our shoes are inspirational organisations in Africa that promote development of skills that lead to sustained employment.

New Addis Ababa Production Line


We are currently embarking on an exciting project that will see the opening of a new, independent production line in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In partnership with Pittards Tannery, the new modern factory will train and responsibly employ over 100 local people to create the new range of Soul of Africa shoes. We look forward to sharing more information of exactly what happens behind the scenes once production commences! 

The sale of every pair of Soul of Africa shoes will not only sustain our own, ethically run, production line, but will also help our continued support for projects that provide access to education, skills development and employment opportunities. 

The Original San-Dals Kickstarter Campaign


In collaboration with our partners, Vivobarefoot, Soul of Africa worked to bring the traditional San-dals of The Ju/'Hoansi-San Tribespeople of the Kalahari Desert to an international platform. This not-for-profit Kickstarter Project aimed to re-ignite the skills used to make this remarkable, ancient San-dal and successfully raised over £80,000. 

As part of an ongoing collaboration with Vivobarefoot, Soul of Africa helped to bring the San-dals of Kalahari Desert's San-Bushemen Tribe to an international audience, succesfully raising over £90k via Kickstarter that will be used to fuel the future of the venture. 



Doing good one step at a time with your contribution

£163 buys tools
£430 pounds buys a sanding machine
£1,200 buys a shoe stitching machine