Testimony by Kimberly Kalinowski from Texas Lutheran University (TLU) Social Entrepreneurship Program 2016 Course
“What I found intriguing about VOS is the Founder who is so fortunate to say he has dual citizenship in both Guatemala and the US. That is an opportunity you don’t hear every day. What I liked most about the company is how VOS has created an innovative way of using the natural rubber from trees in Guatemala to make the soles of the shoes. Not to mention, the longevity of wear it provides to the people who wear them.
This is how I see them setting themselves apart from their competition because I have not heard of any other company’s doing this. Something I am still thinking about today after hearing the talk is the amazing opportunity they have created for their employees by allowing and encouraging them to continue their education and providing the means to make that happen.
I think VOS-afford to care is contributing in a big way with international development because they saw a need and have found a solution to not only use natural resources for their product, but they are employing many people in that country to make the products. Those same hard-working, loyal employees are also now being blessed through the generous gift of education and healthcare by the company. It’s a win-win situation. I see this opportunity as a beginning to start happening all over the world. I also don’t see any downside to having a for-profit company in this industry. When everyone is winning, why not have a for-profit company when the Founder’s hearts are in the right place.“
About the TLU Social Entrepreneurship Program
TLU’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship is part of their business school but also partners with their math, history, theology and communications departments to create specialized areas of concentration in Nonprofit Leadership, Arts for Social Change, Mental Health Community Interventions, and Faith, Culture & Diversity. The degree is interdisciplinary and prepares students for a career in the nonprofit or for-profit social venture arenas. Click here for more information.
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