Uwezo Helps Build a Brighter Future for African Youth ... With Shoes!

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Uwezo means talent, capacity, or ability in Swahili, and those are undoubtedly the attributes that the eponymous shoe brand is trying to foster in African youth. The label, a leather shoe line comprised of repurposed and found cowhide, donates proceeds to the non-profit Empower African Children, which benefits education programs and scholarships for East African orphans.

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Founder Alexis Hefley notes, "Uwezo and Empower African Children are devoted to educating Uganda's vulnerable children so that they can thrive, not just survive." In other words, buying a pair of these cozy moccasins will help to build a brighter future for East Africa. I'd say that's a step in the right direction!

Uwezo launches its first collection of shoes in November on uwezobrands.com, in select Macy's department stores, and on macys.com.

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