Oliberte: Premium Footwear made in Africa

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Welcome to the closing of the official 30 Day Social Enterprise Celebration of Earth Tribe Baby Company!

Earth Tribe Baby Company has a very unique business model, where all of their products are manufactured in our communities, with a focus on working with stay at home parents, First Nations or individuals with disabilities. By creating flexible work, they provide a platform for financial independence – allowing people to make decisions which better themselves and the communities we share. Be sure to visit their website to check out the products they offer!

To celebrate the launch of their fantastic journey, we partnered with them and other like minded businesses and bloggers to offer 30 days of back to back giveaways, product reviews and discount days! This is the final giveaway to close the celebration with a big bang!

The giveaway

Today we are giving away a $150 gift card from Oliberté. Oliberté manufactures premium footwear in Africa and their store features a selection of high quality and stylish footwear and gear.  They have also joined the 1% For The Planet movement, which means that one percent of their proceeds goes to bettering our world. See more information about their company from their website below:

“When we first shared the idea of manufacturing our footwear in Africa, many asked: Why? Why or how could anyone want to make shoes in a place full of so much poverty and corruption?

The answer is simple: We never have and still don’t see an Africa that’s categorised by negative generalizations. Oliberté believes that with the right partners, each country within Africa has the means to grow and support its people. So that’s what we do – Oliberté partners with factories, suppliers, farmers and workers to produce premium footwear in Africa, but we do more than that. We work to create fair jobs, with the goal of contributing to the development of a thriving middle class.

When we made the decision to work in Africa, we knew we would face some challenges, but we made sure to maintain our focus on ethical practices. When we started off, it meant that Oliberté ensured it partnered with suppliers and factories that demonstrated respect and equity in the work place for men and women. Then, in August of 2012, we were able to start our own factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

We carefully selected each of our partner factories based on our “play fair” factor, and we continue to play by this high bar. Women comprise approximately 60 percent of our factory employees, including manufacturing as well as administrative positions.

Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles, breathable and hand-picked leather, reverse backing, and reinforcement stitching”

Win it:

One lucky US/CAN reader will win a $150 gift card from Oliberté. Enter to win via Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone!

Disclosure:  I received no compensation to facilitate this post.  All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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141 responses to “Oliberte: Premium Footwear made in Africa”

  1. Recycle:they offer three-way shipping, which means that once you have enjoyed your Olibertés, if you can’t donate or reuse them, they will take back the shoes and recycle them.

  2. I think it is great they work within Africa and to promote employment so all can be in the middle-class 🙂

  3. Oliberté is a “sustainable lifestyle brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa.” credit to their website

  4. i learned a few things, like the soles are made from natural crepe, breatheable and handpicked leather. and that its such a wonderful and helping company based in africa, which helps their middle class.

  5. Love how they help the environment with one way being…Recycle: We offer three-way shipping, which means that once you have enjoyed your Olibertés, if you can’t donate or reuse them, we will take back the shoes and recycle them.

  6. they work with Africa and give back to that community this is awsome

  7. I learned that Currently, Oliberté operates in Ethiopia, Liberia and Kenya with the goal of expanding to Cameroon, Congo, Uganda and Zambia in the coming years

  8. one percent of their proceeds go to bettering the world. That’s awesome!

  9. Love to Win !

  10. what a wonderful company they take recycling very seriously

  11. We are proud that the cows, sheep and goats from which our leather is sourced have lived a life that is free range, hormone free and an average five to six years longer than livestock from most developed countries. interesting reading their story

  12. GOOD EFFORT

  13. ‘…ensured it partnered with suppliers and factories that demonstrated respect and equity in the work place for men and women. ” I strongly support fair practices in businesses.

  14. They are working to create fair jobs and wages for workers

  15. What I learned is that according to their website they are the “first ever footwear manufacturing factory to be Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA”. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself.

  16. I learned that they have a beautiful TORIA

    Black Suede shoe

  17. I learned that Oliberté partners with factories, suppliers, farmers and workers to produce premium footwear in Africa. They work to create fair jobs, with the goal of contributing to the development of a thriving middle class.

  18. I learned that currently, Oliberté’s main operation and factory is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  19. I love that their shoes are made completely fair and not in some sweat shop. What a way to promote and set an example for other businesses. They’ve just earned a new devoted customer.

  20. I like the shasa.

  21. I learned that their Africa factory has now been open for 1 year!

  22. I learned it is a fair trade certified factory

  23. Visited Oliberte and something I learned from their website is “if your purchase has seen their last days, just give us a call or email at info@oliberte.com and we will arrange to have them shipped back to us or dropped off at one of our retail partners for free”

  24. I learned that the factory is just one years old.

  25. I love that they’re fair trade!!! and beautiful!

  26. I learned that women comprise approximately 60% of their factory employees, including manufacturing as well as administrative positions.

  27. I learned that their shoes are made from natural crepe.

  28. I learned that nubuck is a more sturdy sanded leather, made of the outer side of the hide. It has shorter grains than suede and looks very smooth and buttery.

  29. Never judge an African until you can walk a mile in African made shoes.

  30. nice selection of mens shoes

  31. Sustainable is the way to go!
    Those shoes are beautiful and would be great for my husband..hmmm, what a nice Christmas gift. A gift and knowing you’re supporting a good business.

  32. I learned that Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles, breathable and hand-picked leather, reverse backing, and reinforcement stitching.

  33. Their factory is 1 yr old

  34. In August of 2012, they were able to start our own factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  35. Oliberté continually works to reduce its environmental impact in every step of its manufacturing and exporting process. i remember seeing this brand on dragons den.

  36. I learned they “play fair” – Oliberté is ensuring it partners with suppliers and factories that demonstrate respect and equity in the work place for men and women.

  37. That they use lots of natural materials.

  38. Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles, breathable and hand-picked leather, reverse backing, and reinforcement stitching.

  39. That they are a sustainable lifestyle brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa

  40. i learned their main factory is in ethiopia

  41. I learned about their shoe recycling program – if you don’t have a friend/family member/other to give your used shoes to, then they will arrange to have the shoes returned to them for free so that they don’t end up going to waste or ending up in garbage/landfills. very lovely policy and way of thinking. kudos!

  42. The world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory: Oliberté’s factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  43. I loved reading about the Ambassodors

  44. I learned that Oliberté continually works to reduce its environmental impact in every step of its manufacturing and exporting process.

  45. A real commitment to fair jobs.

  46. Oliberté continually works to reduce its environmental impact in every step of its manufacturing and exporting process…I love that

    And that i would really love to own a pair!

  47. Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles, breathable and hand-picked leather, reverse backing, and reinforcement stitching.

  48. I learned that for the outsoles of their footwear, they use natural crepe rubber straight from rubber trees, which allows them to avoid using toxic equipment and chemicals commonly used in making machine-made outsoles.

  49. Learned that the shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles and breathable and hand-picked leather.

  50. They are the first ever footwear manufacturing factory to be Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA, and as result produce the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear.

  51. I learned that their factory is only one year old.

  52. They will recycle for you with a three-way shipping, which means that once you have enjoyed your Olibertés, if you can’t donate or reuse them, we will take back the shoes and recycle them.

  53. The Flota Wallet was made in Ethiopia

  54. They’re made with Natural rubber crepe soles all the time.

  55. i love that they work hard to reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing

  56. I learned that To become Fair Trade Certified, our team in Ethiopia had to pass over 255 compliance factors,

  57. love this article

  58. I learned that Oliberté continually works to reduce its environmental impact in every step of its manufacturing and exporting process.

  59. they offer three-way shipping, which means that once you have enjoyed your Olibertés, if you can’t donate or reuse them, they will take back the shoes and recycle them.

  60. I learned that I like their BLAMO bag

  61. I learned the shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles!

  62. I learned their shoes are made “from natural rubber crepe soles, breathable and hand-picked leather, reverse backing, and reinforcement stitching.”

  63. I learned I love the tompa boots! and the first one was in Ethiopia! very cool site!

  64. This is such a cool company.. I’m really impressed by their business model and practices. I learned that their head operations are located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  65. I learned that one percent of their proceeds go to bettering the world…

  66. first fair trade certified footware

  67. Oliberté is ensuring it partners with suppliers and factories that demonstrate respect and equity in the work place for men and women.

  68. they support workers rights in africa

  69. love they donate 1 % to helping the world terrific

  70. I learned that they make the world’s first Fair Trade footwear!

  71. That one percent of their proceeds go to bettering the world.

  72. I learned that Oliberte’s objective is to create fair jobs, with the goal of contributing to the development of a thriving middle class in Africa.

  73. Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles, breathable and hand-picked leather, reverse backing, and reinforcement stitching.

  74. This month 10% of their proceeds will help fund Kwame N. an Olympic skiier from Ghana.

  75. I learned that Natural rubber crepe soles are versatile and have been used for centuries by natives in colder countries like Canada and Russia and soldiers working in hotter desert climates.
    thanks

  76. I learned that the animals they use to make their leather from live free-range and hormone free.

  77. They are an eco-friendly brand that makes many efforts to better the community and world through certifications, donations, recycling and by not using toxic or harmful materials.

  78. I learned they also have gear like wallets and bags. That Mamu bag is really nice.

  79. I would love to win this for myself

  80. They are African based

  81. I learned that they create fair jobs and it it partners with suppliers and factories that demonstrate respect and equity in the work place for men and women.

  82. I learned that they are The world’s first Fair Trade Certified footwear manufacturing factory: Oliberté’s factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  83. I learned that the company is concerned with environmental issues and takes continual pride in reducing negative impact on the environment.

  84. I learned that you can return the shoes to them when you are done for recycling!

  85. Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles,

  86. I learned that Oliberté ensured it partnered with suppliers and factories that demonstrated respect and equity in the work place for men and women. Equality for the women is very important to me.

  87. I learned that they work to create fair jobs, with the goal of contributing to the development of a thriving middle class.

  88. they give back to the community and are certified as a fair trade footwear company!

  89. It is refreshing to hear about a company that shows respect for the environment and good working conditions for the workers.Also they are producing a practical product that is well made.If more companies showed this kind of respect instead of having huge profit margins as their #1 priority, the world would be a better place to live.

  90. i learned their main factory is in ethiopia…

    Read More at http://www.onesmileymonkey.com/open-giveaways-2/uscan/oliberte-premium-footwear-made-in-africa-giveaway-150-gift-card/ © OneSmileyMonkey.com

  91. This product is helping contribute to help people become better tradesmen.

  92. Look like awesome shoes

  93. one percent of their proceeds go to bettering the world. thanks

  94. I love that they take workers’ rights, as well as gender equality seriously.

  95. I learned that they work in Africa and give back to the community in which they work.

  96. Oliberté operates in Ethiopia, Liberia and Kenya…

  97. I was pleased to read that women comprise approximately 60 percent of the Oliberté factory employees, including manufacturing as well as administrative positions.

  98. I learned that in their first year they made roughly 15,000 pairs of boots, shoes, and sandals.

  99. they donate some of their proceeds

  100. I learned that they will recycle your shoes when you’re done with them

  101. Gotta Luv Shoes

  102. I love that these are made in africa. I love the Shasa shoes

  103. I learned that Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles.

    My e-mail: blackasphodel(at)yahoo(dot)com

  104. The cows, sheep and goats they make the leather from live free range and hormone free.

  105. I learnt that their goal is to help develop a thriving middle class

  106. I learned that a year ago when the factory first opened they had 15 employees. They now have 59.

  107. I learned that Oliberté believes that with the right partners, each country within Africa has the means to grow and support its people.

  108. The factory is one year old.

  109. I learned that they recycle by offering three-way shipping, which means that once you have enjoyed your Olibertés, if you can’t donate or reuse them, they’ll take back the shoes and recycle them!

  110. Love their bags too!

  111. I learned that they are a sustainable lifestyle brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa

  112. I love that 1% of their proceeds go towards making the world a better place

  113. I learned that proceeds go to help athaletes and that there is a African skier!

  114. I learned that they have the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory. It is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I remember years ago sponsoring a young boy through World Vision and he was from Addis Ababa. It is a very poor area and having any sort of factory and/or employment makes a big difference.

  115. I learned that they are fair trade certified

  116. Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles, and they create fair job.

  117. I learnt that Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles, breathable and hand-picked leather, reverse backing, and reinforcement stitching.

  118. They were the first ever footwear manufacturing factory to be Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA – very cool!

  119. they produce the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  120. one percent of their proceeds go to bettering the world…

    Read More at http://www.onesmileymonkey.com/open-giveaways-2/uscan/oliberte-premium-footwear-made-in-africa-giveaway-150-gift-card/ © OneSmileyMonkey.com

  121. I learned that they reduce the amount of glues needed by using more (and more complex) stitching.

  122. What a wonderful way to support fair trade

  123. August of 2012, they were able to start our own factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  124. I love that they’re fair trade!

  125. I love that they can resuse the shoes once you are done with them!

  126. I learned they warranty their products for the full natural lifetime of the product!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  127. I learned that Oliberté shoes are made from natural rubber crepe soles, breathable and hand-picked leather, reverse backing, and reinforcement stitching.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  128. Oliberté’s factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is the world’s first Fair Trade Certified footwear manufacturing factory.

  129. that they are creating fair wages for their workers

  130. Oliberté operates in Ethiopia, Liberia and Kenya with the goal of expanding to Cameroon, Congo, Uganda and Zambia…

  131. I learned that the shoes are lined with 100-percent goat leather, which allows your feet to breathe naturally and stretches to form to your foot perfectly.

  132. I learned that the shoes are lined with 100-percent goat leather, which allows your feet to breathe naturally and stretches to form to your foot perfectly.

  133. The factory is a year old.

  134. I think it’s awesome about their three way recycling and the lifetime warranty.These are really nice shoes and would be excited to win them.

  135. love fair trade, support it whenever I can

  136. I learned that the Ngola is a great boot

  137. I learned they work in Africa to create fair jobs. Their shoes are made from natural rubber, leather and have reinforced stitching.

  138. I learned that the cows, sheep and goats from which their leather is sourced have lived a life that is free range, hormone free and an average five to six years longer than livestock from most developed countries

  139. I learned that they have a Three-way: Recycling program – you can shipped back their products to them or dropped off at one of our retail partners for free when the products are old and of no use to owner

  140. They are working to create fair jobs for workers.

  141. Learned they use natural crepe rubber tapped straight from rubber trees for the outsoles

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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