Two social entrepreneurs
find that it's possible to do well, by doing good. Common
Soles LLC, sells footwear to generate funding to support
community improvement initiatives in the footwear
manufacturing regions of the world.
Common Soles just released
its first line of flip-flops, which will generate funding to
support the education of the factory workers' children in
These first styles from
Soles are a simple, yet fashionable, women's flip-flop.
Easily worn with a sun-dress or with jeans, our friends
just love these fun and versatile flip-flops, said
Co-Founder and CEO Dave Mesicek. A portion of proceeds will
go to help fund education for the children of the workers at
Sharada Industries in Vijayawada, India by funding the
purchase of updated and new school books. This is the
facility which made the flip-flops that Common Soles is
selling. The workers know that each pair sold, directly
benefits their children, so they are proud to be making
these flip-flops for us and we are proud to be selling
them! said Dave.
Common Soles founders,
Dave Mesicek and Rao Naraharasetty, first met while earning
their MBAs at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Since
graduation they have remained friends and discovered that
they both had the necessary skills to launch Common Soles.
They founded and self-funded the organization in 2009 and
are looking to grow the organization by working with
factories and communities across the globe.
By creating quality
footwear in tandem with the factories, Dave and Rao get to
know the people in and around the workers home
communities. Often their needs are simple: a new roof for
the school, funding for a needed vaccine, and new and
updated school books said Co-Founder and COO Rao
Naraharasetty. Dave and Rao work with the factory to create
and align a product for a specific initiative in the local
community. Common Soles then markets and sells the product
in the US (and eventually around the world) as a method of
raising the needed funds to bring the identified community
initiative to fruition. Currently, Common Soles is working
with Sharada Industries in India, but has also begun
building relationships with factories and communities in
Latin America, Eastern Europe, and even the US.
was founded in 2009 in Wellesley, MA by David Mesicek and
Rao Naraharasetty as a brand of footwear that exists as a
means to raise funding to support community improvement
initiatives in footwear manufacturing communities around the
globe. Additionally, Common Soles will bring innovation and
transparency to the footwear supply chain
through making the direct
connection between the factory worker and the eventual
consumer. Common Soles footwear is made by skilled
craftsmen and women in many of the world's regions where
Common Soles funded initiatives are in action.