Shoes to Skincare Two Companies That Give Back

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As women and savvy shoppers, we all want to spend our money wisely. We know what we need to budget and essentials to buy for our families, and those special items we want for ourselves. Spending our money purchasing major brands is typically what we all do. But then you come across amazing products that also help mankind and the planet.

We discovered to two very different entrepreneurial companies, who not only wanted to build a brand, but to give back and make a difference in lives.

The first company we spoke to is Teysha Shoes, which are ethically handcrafted shoes from Guatemala, co-founded by twenty-something Sophie Eckrich. For the past five years, Teysha has built their own workshop in Guatemala, employing over fifteen traditional shoemakers.

After studying Sociology, Latin American Studies, and International Development at the University of Texas, combined with her Mexican heritage and passion for making an impact, Eckrich knew “what” she wanted to do – work in Latin America and help others. She just didn’t know the “how”. After graduating she looked for jobs that shared those two qualities and realized that most of them required 4 years’ experience + a graduate degree.  She was ready to get started on her path of impact, so decided to just go for it. Whatever age or stage of life someone starts, there will be different advantages and disadvantages, but what was important to her is that if you do have an idea, that you at least try it. 

There were many challenges in launching the company, but luckily Sophie and her team were so inexperienced that they had no idea what we were in for. Each challenge felt like it came one at a time, so it felt like one could be solved before the next one came. Everything from finding the craftsmen, choosing a home base country, figuring out import/ export laws, coming up with a plan to meet customers, were all challenges but ones that encouraged Sophie to think outside the box since she didn’t know what was “supposed” to be done! 

Sophie had done an internship in college with the Whole Planet Foundation/ Grameen Trust in Guatemala in 2008 and fell in love with the culture in Guatemala. It is a unique country in that it has an abundance of creative people, artists, and craftsmen, so it seemed like the perfect place to have her home base for the business. Her philosophy has always been to go and meet people in person, where they’re from, and see who has the spark or desire to work with us. There’s a certain go-getter quality for someone who is willing to take a risk to work with someone new.  Over the years, they have built strong relationships based on consistency and good work, so once you have that it’s easier to expand your network to bring in more talented and driven people. 

Prior to working with Teysha.is, the artisans were earning less and having much less consistent work. Many artisans struggle to find consistent markets for their craft or talents and thus live in great uncertainty. Working with Teysha, they know that they will have consistent work, be paid well, and work in a happy and inspiring environment. 

Teysha.is mission has always been to create opportunities for people and art to thrive. One of their teammates, Victor, started as a leather cutter and was able to pay his way through University through working with Teysha, and now manages many of the operations within our workshop in Guatemala. Their very first artisan partner in Guatemala, Sonia, has grown her business right alongside ours. They have been so glad that some of the textiles that she makes have been Teysha’s very best sellers, providing lots of demand and work for her and her amazing family. 

A small team collaboratively designs each pair of shoes, thinking through what styles they personally feel are missing in their wardrobe, and what styles would make a good canvas for textile and leather art.  “We are always taking into account our customer feedback and wishes to see what style we can make that is versatile, comfortable, and unique, stated Eckrich.

The design process varies, most recently they had three days between drawing and the first sample, and other times it can be up to a year! Teysha.is has so many new styles in the works for 2018-2019, that they are all working together to bring the styles to life as soon as they can, so they can share them with the world.  

 “I am so thrilled that the consciousness of so many people is expanding to think about who made their things and in what kinds of conditions. There is a new level of transparency reaching brands and companies, who are having to answer the questions of “where was this made?” “by who?” “what kinds of wages did they earn?”. My advice would be to do a little research into brands you are investing in with your purchase and see how open they are to share that information, and if you feel you can trust that information. We welcome anyone to come to visit our workshop in Guatemala where you can see with your own eyes how happy our team is and how beautiful the environment is,” stated Eckrich.

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The next company we spoke with is Ecotech Labs, Amazource Skincare, Their mission is to help to save the Rainforest. Each purchase allows the native communities to preserve 2000square feet of rainforest.

Founder and CEO Sergio Calderon Rossi has an extensive record of accomplishment in economic and sustainable development. Before founding Ecotech Labs, he had successfully led more than 80 development projects in the Andean Region from planning to execution stages Amazource® Skincare products are the purest and one of the most effective skincare lines on the market today. They are made with premium components and offered to the consumer at very reasonable prices. The Amazource team are on the ground, learning from communities firsthand about the specific properties of unique trusted ingredients that deliver a higher nourishing effect on the skin. Acai, coffee, passion fruit, cocoa, honey, rainforest atmospheric water and countless other native resources were used for centuries by original inhabitants of the rainforest. Now, this ancestral knowledge is available to everyone!  Which is so important to our readers, Amazource products are cruelty-free (not tested on animals) and paraben free.

While working on several development projects in South America, Founder and CEO Sergio Calderon Rossi observed that Amazon’s indigenous communities are under immense pressure. In fact, extractive activities such as illegal logging, oil, and illegal mining are trying to move away lawful owners and indigenous communities from their ancestral lands to deforest them to continue this savage exploitation. Many native leaders have even been murdered just because they lived on a valuable land. According to Global Witness, in 2017 four people were killed every week on average.

Despite this situation, they don´t receive any government support and the restricted private funds were available only for individual projects with limited impact. It was ironic for them to live and be responsible for protecting the richest natural sanctuary on the planet and don´t receive any mean to do it. In fact, Amazonia is the source 60% of the fresh water on earth; produces 20% of the oxygen of the planet; 25% of Western pharmaceuticals derived from rainforest ingredients and 25% of the active ingredients in cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rainforest.

So, the founders of Amazource ® decided to start a purpose company to be able to steadily finance the protection of the biggest rainforest on earth. They forged alliances with native communities and landowners who have huge estates but little resources to manage and protect them from the deforestation caused by extractive mega industries.

Currently, their field partners possess a combined 1 million acres of protected land. They are qualified landowners and indigenous communities whose members have lived in the Amazon rainforest for generations and have an official conservation status.

Those partnerships granted the company a privileged access to the almost limitless biological resources in the 1´000,000 acres they currently cover and allow the company to research and develop their superior skin care products.

We represent a unique eco-business partnership with Amazon rainforest landowners to keep their territories untouched. If we consider that Amazonia is the lung of the planet, less rainforest means less oxygen to breathe and live, not only for us but for future generations.“We give skincare a sense beyond any mainstream “green” product because each unit acquired has a concrete impact,” stated founder Sergio Calderon Rossi

  Amazource contains natural and unique ingredients such as acaí, passion fruit, honey or atmospheric water directly sourced from the Amazon rainforest. They don´t induce any artificial effect but they gently restore the balance of the skin cell natural processes. 

To see their entire line of skincare visit: http://amazource.com

Or Visit Amazource Skincare on Facebook or Twitter 

 

 

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grand children. She adores animals, and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, who's mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four month old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Alli Smith
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I love to support companies that give back and I enjoyed reading these two stories. Shoes are my thing so clicked on the link and I’ve already found several pairs of shoes I’d love to own. I can tell they are very well made.

Candy
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Candy

Hard to find companies that give back and take care of their works. Plus make a great product. Both stories were good to read

robin rue
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robin rue

I love companies that give back!! I really like those shoes, so I am going to have to head over there to snag myself a pair.

Teresa
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I really have great admiration for individuals who can really foster and nurture their dreams and DO really good in this world of ours. This sounds like an amazing company.

Natalie
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I love supporting brands like these ones that give back! Those shoes are also so cute, I love the ones on the left.

Joan
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So nice to know about companies like these and we do need more of these. The shoes are really lovely.

Amber Myers
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These companies sound wonderful! I always like buying from places that give back. I’ll have to keep these in mind for sure the next time I shop.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All
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It’s always great to learn about companies that are trying to make a difference in the world around them. I know someone that wears that style of shoes, I bet she’d love their colorful patterns.

Marysa
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It’s so good to know about companies that do good and support important causes. I will definitely have to check these out when I do my shopping.

Tasheena
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I really enjoyed reading this post. It’s always wonderful to learn and support companies that give back to wonderful causes.

Terri Steffes
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It is fun to read about the good people are doing in the world these days. Thank you for spreading the good news.

Jenn
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I will go out of my way to buy from a company that i know gives back . It’s always been important in our family to give, so we really appreciate knowing that a company or brand does the same on a larger level.

Melissa
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Melissa

That is amazing! I love to support great companies like this!

Heather
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Those shoes aren’t cute! Sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to become a success, but they did it. I also love companies that give back like this.

lisa martin
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Wow, what cool companies. Those shoes are supper cute. I will have to check them out and those soaps!

Sudipta Dev Chakraborti
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Sudipta Dev Chakraborti

This is a very inspiring story. In any corner of the world, it is wonderful to know of young people who have found their calling of making a difference in other people’s lives.

Monidipa
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I love brands like this who knows giving and not only taking. We need more companies like this too. I totally loved the shoes, would definitely check out the skincare product range of Amazource. Thanks for sharing

Nessy
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Nessy

The shoes look so beautiful. I’d like to have my own pair! And it’ even better because of the social implication of the brand. 🙂

Anosa
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Companies that give back are a winner in my book and are ones that I would be happy to continue purchasing from.

Carol Cassara
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Nothing like supporting a brand that empowers people and gives them a living! I love the unique patterns as well. I would love to check out their line!

Princess Quinn
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Princess Quinn

It’s always worth the price if you kniw someone would benefit from every product you purchase. This is a good way to help people in need.

Ruth I.
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Ruth I.

The shoe styles are fun and colorful. It is good that they came up with good products that people will surely buy. That way, they can sustain their giving back project.

Cris
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What a great article! I love companies that give back!

Natalia
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I’ve never heard of these two companies, but I love the brands which try to make a difference in people’s lives. I’m definitely going to try out their products. 🙂

swathi
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I like to support the companies who gives back. Their sandals looks really beautiful. I will check into it.

Charli Bruce
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It’s nice to see a company giving back. Great post.

Ruth I
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Ruth I

This is amazing! The shoes are so pretty and nice. I’ll check this out and support it.

Angela Ricardo Bethea
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The shoes look amazing! I’m always up for companies that give back.

chubskulit rose
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Those are some cute shoes and they look comfy. I love the prints too. I like buying products like this that also helps the community of the ones that makes it.

Heather
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Heather

I love supporting companies that create opportunities for people and art to thrive. Those Teysha Shoes are beautiful!

blair villanueva
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blair villanueva

Thank you for sharing us these beautiful products from the local artisans. It is important that we support them, and even backed them to encourage more to produce and be creative.

Kathleen
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Kathleen

I especially love companies that give back and start ups. Both of these product lines look like they have a strong foundation for success.

Melani
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The shoes are beautiful. And I love reading the inspiring stories.

Debra
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Debra

I really believe in buying from companies that give back! I have a jewelry company and a toy company that I buy from often. I will have to add these to the list!

Mommy Sigrid
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Love their shoe designs and the fact that they pay attention to craftsmanship. Sometimes, some fund raising products come up but you don’t want to patronize them because aside from the fact that they are supporting a good cause the products are worthless. But these ones are so nice! 😀

Gee Vee
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I support companies that practice social responsibilities. Giving back to the community should be one of the business establishments’priority.

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