Nisolos Peruvian shoemakers have seen a 400% income increase since they started making Nisolo shoes.
Enzi Footwear is another Ethiopian shoe manufacturer which has been around for about the same time as the Oliberte factory.
Their mission? “To change the perception of Africa and develop its manufacturing capacity through the production of high quality and well designed footwear while maintaining a commitment to social and environmental responsibility”.
Oliberte is the first footwear manufacturing facility in the world to be Fair Trade Certified. At just 18 months old the factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, aims to produce 25,000 pairs of shoes this year and as of last August employs 59 workers in Ethiopia.