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

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.

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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