Not every invention can lay claim to changing millions of lives for the better. But there is a very special one that has done just that.
The Shoe That Grows in the brainchild of Founder and Executive Director Kenton Lee. While living and working in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007, one day he noticed a little girl who had shoes that were way too small for her feet. That’s when it hit him. What about a shoe that could adjust and expand – so children in impoverished nations would always have a pair of shoes that fit?
The shoes can grow 5 sizes and last at least 5 years. They are available in two sizes: Small (from kindergarten to 4th grade) and Large (from 5th grade to 9th grade) and are made with simple materials – leather, compressed rubber and snaps.
The Shoe That Grows is the first project of an organization called Because International, founded in 2009. They are a 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Nampa, Idaho. They listen to those living in extreme poverty to hear their thoughts, ideas, and dreams for a better life – and then work together to help make those ideas into a reality.
For more information or to donate, visit The Shoe That Grows website.