Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery Collects More Than 500
Shoes for Soles4Souls
January 17, 2020 – In December 2019,
Jake J. Porter III, M.D., MPH, and
Summit Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery team members collected more than 500 pairs of new or gently worn shoes
for Soles4Souls–a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable
jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes around the world.
Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs offer long-term solutions
to poverty through job creation in places like Haiti, Honduras and Sierra
Leone. The shoes are sold for an average of $1 per pair to non-profit
partners in developing countries that provide business training to local
entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs purchase the shoes and are then able
to start businesses of their own by selling the product in their local
marketplaces. This allows entrepreneurs the opportunity to earn a sustainable
income, and ultimately purchase necessities like food, shelter and education.