Are you a for-profit or a non-profit?
Because International was founded in 2009. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Nampa, Idaho. They listen to those living in extreme poverty to hear their thoughts, ideas, and dreams for a better life – and then work together to help make those ideas into a reality.
Why did you create The Shoe That Grows?
The Shoe That Grows started when Founder and Executive Director Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007. One day while walking to church, he noticed a little girl in a white dress next to him who had shoes that were way too small for her feet. That led to questions about why. And finally an idea: “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand – so that kids always had a pair of shoes that fit?” And just like that The Shoe That Grows was born. These shoes are intended and designed for children living in extreme poverty that otherwise would not have access to shoes or only access to shoes in poor condition that will quickly be outgrown.
How do you distribute shoes to kids in need?
We currently get shoes to kids in need in two ways
1. People can donate to fill bags of shoes that we send to partner organizations who then distribute them to kids that need them most.
2. People living in or travelling to areas in need can purchase shoes to distribute themselves.
So rather than recreate the wheel and create our own distribution channels, we instead partner with those already serving these children and rely on others to deliver shoes to kids that need them most.
What size are the shoes?
We've created two sizes:
Small - generally fits children between the ages of 5 and 9 years of age
Large - generally fits children between the ages of 10 and 15 years of age
How much do the shoes cost?
Shoes can be donated to our partner organizations through the Fill-A-Duffle program for $15 per pair. If you'd like to purchase shoes to take on your journey, see our pricing page at theshoethatgrows.org.
Do the shoes really last 5 years?
Having a shoe that grows five sizes doesn't matter unless the shoe is ultra-durable. As we have distributed shoes over the past few years, we have been continuously gathering feedback, iterating, and making the shoe even better for these kids that so desperately need it.
We have worked with industry experts to create a simple design with the highest quality materials - leather, compressed rubber, and snaps. No mechanical parts of gears to break. Easy to clean. Easy to use.
How can I buy some? And are they easy to take with me?
Yes! We rely on those travelling to areas of poverty and serving children in need to distribute the shoes. Check out how you can purchase some at theshoethatgrows.org.
Also, we've designed the shoe to not only be functional and long-lasting, but to ship and travel easily as well. In fact, 50 small pairs can be disassembled, folded flat, and packed into a standard sized duffle bag (that we provide) that weighs less than 50 pounds. You can take 50 pairs of shoes in a bag on a plane. Incredible.
How can I be involved?
In addition to buying shoes to distribute yourself, you can donate to fill bags of shoes that we send to partner organizations who then distribute them to kids in need. Donate to fill bags here at theshoethatgrows.org
Finally, you can donate to Because International. One-time or recurring donations are directed toward research and development of future projects and other expenses that go along with producing as many shoes as possible. Donate here!
Are you planning any other products?
We are! Although we are busy getting shoes to kids in need, Because International is about innovating and we plan to create additional products that help people living in extreme poverty around the world. We want to continue to help in simple, practical ways. Stay tuned with more information about how you can help!
Questions about our return policy?
If you are unsatisfied with your order of The Shoe That Grows, you may return the unused product within 30 days of the original purchase date. Once Because International receives the product and processes the return, a refund will be issued for the cost of the pair of shoes. Because International will not refund the original cost of shipping and will not cover the return shipping. Please ship the shoes to our office located at 1224 1st St S, Suite 301, Nampa, Idaho 83651.
Please submit your refund request to firstname.lastname@example.org.