Joining the ranks of such famous names as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin is Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (pictured below), the founder and managing director of soleRebels shoes, who was selected today by the World Economic Forum as the Young Global Leader of 2011.
Why soleRebels is great
soleRebels stands out above all other businesses because it is the world’s first producer of Fair Trade footwear. The shoes are made from recycled car tires for the soles, and recycled local artist and craft products to make the design unique and stylish. They have an entire selection in a wide range of sandals and shoes made from recycled materials, which can be purchased at their site here.
soleRebels supports its local community
Additionally, the business was founded and still runs out of Bethlehem’s hometown of Zenabwok, a very impoverished community in Ethiopia. The success of soleRebels has provided over 75 full time and 120 part time jobs to local citizens and empowered the area.
Where you can get a pair of soleRebels
The shoes are currently being sold globally through retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Endless.com, Amazon.com, and through Spartoo.com for European residents. The shoes are also available directly to consumer through the official soleRebels website and online store (click here to visit).
Be sure to support soleRebels and Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu for making a positive difference in her community, for Ethiopia, and for the environment.
This is truly an inspiring example of the difference one person can make in the world.