It takes a heart-load of ambition to aspire to lift a country out of poverty. Driven by an unwavering belief that there are better ways to support developing countries than development aid, Oliberté’s pride and power lies in its social entrepreneurship in Africa.
Oliberté Footwear is the first footwear brand to manufacture its premium leather shoes exclusively in Africa. By partnering with African factories, suppliers, farmers and workers to produce premium footwear in Africa, Oliberté has also created fair jobs with the goal of contributing to the development of a thriving middle class.
Oliberté currently operates in countries across Africa such as Ethiopia, Liberia and Kenya. It aims to expand its business to Cameroon, Congo, Uganda and Zambia in the future and at the same time, create thousands more jobs for the Africans.
It does not stop here – Oliberté Footwear stands for something more. It advocates quality and equality.
Oliberte shoes are made from hand-picked leather sourced in Africa. 100% handcrafted in local African factories, the shoes are lined with goat leather which allows the feet to breathe naturally. With the ability to stretch, the shoes will take the form of each foot perfectly.
Craftsmanship is highly regarded as each shoe has an average of 1,000 stitches that provide extra reinforcement and the use of less glue.
The stylishly crafted Oliberte shoes, together with its unique story have gained huge success around the world. Currently sold in USA, Canada, Hong Kong and South Africa, Oliberte shoes have achieved a cult following among the Hollywood stars such as Kristen Steward, Snoop Dog and Edward Norton.
Retailing from SGD199 to SGD219, the Oliberte Footwear range is now available at Threadbare & Squirrel (660 North Bridge Road, Bali Lane, Singapore 188797) and In:Famous (1 Harbour Front Walk #02-209, VivoCity).
“The key to ending extreme poverty is to enable the poorest of the poor to get their foot on the ladder of development. The ladder of development hovers overhead, and the poorest of the poor are stuck beneath it. They lack the minimum amount of capital necessary to get a foothold, and therefore need a boost up to the first rung. ” – Jeffrey Sachs, Economist at Columbia University and Humanitarian