The Root Collective works with artisans in Guatemala to make beautiful shoes, bags, and accessories. The shoes, in particular, are a tale after my own public-defender, heart-on-my-sleeve....er, heart:
"The shoes are crafted by hand in the slum of La Limonada in Guatemala City by a business owner named Otto. Like so many others in Central American slums, Otto was a member of a gang. Unlike many others, he was able to escape that life. It can be dangerous to leave the gangs, and since gang members are branded by gang tattoos, if they are able to leave, finding a job is nearly impossible. Otto’s business plan is to train and hire former gang members so they are able to leave their former lives."
Sorta makes your walk to the library with the kiddos feel pretty incredible--adorable shoes and a little bit more good in the world with every step.