Helping cobblers to construct Raah – Enactus CVS
It is not uncommon to witness children, youngsters, and aged people walking barefoot these days. Gone are the days when people deliberately chose not to wear shoes, no matter the reason. Nowadays, wearing shoes has become one of the most basic things in the world. Still, some people cannot even afford a pair of shoes, so they left with nothing but to walk barefoot.
According to the World Health Organization – “More than 1.5 billion people, or 24% of the world’s population, are infected with soil-transmitted helminth infections worldwide. Infections are widely distributed in tropical and subtropical areas, with the greatest numbers occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, China, and East Asia.”
Enactus of College of Vocational Studies came up with their project, Raah, in which they provide refurbished shoes at nominal prices. They are providing different opportunities for roadside Cobblers. First, they organize a donation drive to collect used footwear and categorize them based on their condition. Then, they distribute those shoes among the cobblers for refurbishing, eventually selling them afterwards. Those cobblers sell refurbished shoes to local markets of Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar and slum areas of Azadpur and Khirki.
Young entrepreneurs of Enactus CVS believe in a nation where no one ever needs to walk barefoot.
They believe in giving importance to the skills of those cobblers and encouraging them to stand high by using their skills in the business.
They are now focusing more on opening The Shoe Garage – a workplace for cobblers so that they can easily renovate footwear and a network of Show Donation Banks. They are spreading awareness and asking people to donate shoes instead of discarding them.