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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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The Story Behind our Rwanda Roast

June 2nd, 2014 by TOMS

Known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” Rwanda’s high elevation allows for production of world- class coffees. Farms in the country tend to be smaller in size, allowing our Master Roaster to micro-source premium beans from specialty farmers. Last Fall, we journeyed to Shyara Mountain in Rwanda to see how a roast comes to life. Allow us to introduce you to some of the people behind the cup.

It all starts with sourcing. All of our coffee beans are sourced through direct trade, which means that we work directly with the coffee growers. This way, the farmer sees the most financial benefit from their crop, helping these farmers raise their incomes, strengthening their ability to support themselves and their families through coffee. These farmers are committed to their craft, focused on nurturing some of the most premium beans in the world today.

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The growing conditions in Rwanda are rare and coveted by other growing regions of the world. The country is blessed with a warm, humid climate that also receives adequate rainfall- a necessary characteristic for coffee beans to grow. The high altitude is ideal for producing quality beans- making the hilly terrain a strong variable in the process.

These diverse growing conditions have coffee connoisseurs around the world seeking out premium Rwandan roasts. Our TOMS Roasting Co. Single Origin Rwanda Coffee is packed with crisp citrus notes and flavors of red fruits, featuring a sweet acidity in a medium body. But that’s not even the best part- what really exclusive about our Rwanda blend is the connection to the farmers who sourced the beans. With direct trade, Rwandan growers are connected to their coffee, they own the process from crop to cup and are guaranteed the best prices for their craft. Sourcing our beans from these farmers means stronger support for their families and investing in their coffee farms for the future.

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For Nathan, coffee provides a livelihood for his family of 8 children. He has been growing coffee for almost 40 years and is looked to as a role model for other farmers in his community. He utilizes his experience to mentor young farmers and teach them how to look after their coffee farms to produce their best crops. With direct trade practices he has been able to expand his farm and purchase more land for his sons to start their own harvests.

Many farmers never have the opportunity to taste their own coffee or see the finished product. When we showed Nathan a bag of TOMS Roasting Co he couldn’t believe it. He was even more thrilled to know that his coffee would help provide safe water to his country.

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Meet Josephine, a no-nonsense mother of eight children who owns the family-operated farm where our Rwanda roast beans come from. Josephine lost her husband in Rwanda’s genocide, but harbored a fierce determination to make a better life for her family. As one of the few female farm owners, she’s turned her operation into one of the best-performing farms in the region.

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Regine’s role as a cupper is to personally ensure that each batch produces fresh, vibrant flavors. After our beans are sorted and stored in coffee bags, a random sample from each bag is collected for a micro-roast and then cupped for taste. When Regine is not testing the quality of coffee beans you can find her studying- she is currently working towards her Bachelors Degree in Accounting. Working as a cupper has enabled Regine to pay for her classes and put herself through college.

The women hand sorters

It takes a global effort to make a great cup- like the women who hand-sort every bean. The simplest yet most comprehensive of the sorting methods, the hand sorting process is reserved for high- quality coffees. Hand sorters play a very important role in shaping the final flavor of the roast. These women identify defective beans, searching for unripe and discolored beans and separating them from the quality beans.

Every single bean is examined by a set of human eyes and hands, and the women who sort the beans take pride in knowing that their work will be appreciated all over the world. In Rwanda, sorting is a regarded as a highly valuable skill and these women are proud to support their families and put their children through school with their earnings.

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Can’t get enough of TOMS Roasting Co? Check out our new TOMS Roasting Club– sending you our selection of the finest whole beans every month to help provide clean water for people in need all year round. With every bag of coffee you purchase, TOMS will provide one week of clean water to a person in need. One for One.®

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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