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Tonight at Lambert's: Nisolo showcases fashionable leather shoes that give new life to impoverished entrepreneurs in Peru

Tonight at Lambert's: Nisolo showcases fashionable leather shoes that give new life to impoverished entrepreneurs in Peru

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NIsolo creates handmade leather shoes in Trujillo, Peru, to provide impoverished entrepreneurs in communities around the world with access to new markets. Courtesy of Nisolo
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The Bolivar Wedge. Courtesy of Nisolo
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The Mendez Flat. Courtesy of Nisolo
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The Delicias Sandal. Courtesy of Nisolo
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The Chavito Chukka Courtesy of Nisolo
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The Emilio Chukka Courtesy of Nisolo
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Group photo in the Mendez family shoe shop. Courtesy of Nisolo
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William measuring a leather cut for one Nisolo's men's Chavitos. Courtesy of Nisolo
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The Nisolo shoe workshop. Courtesy of Nisolo
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Nisolo calls into question the way we give to impoverished countries, communities and individuals.

Theirs is a charitable shoe company who doesn't just donate its proceeds, but empowers impoverished individuals in Trujillo, Peru by giving them a job — the job of handcrafting gorgeous shoes that hold their own in the U.S. contemporary fashion market. 

But alongside job creation also comes a pledge to education. Nisolo donates 10% of their profits to education programs in the Trujillo neighborhoods where their products are made. 

"The greatest need of all in the developing world is for empowerment. Whether through providing capital, training, or a new market to sell quality goods, Nisolo’s cause is to honor the passion and potential that is so prevalent in the developing world. Our hope is to do so in a way that offers individuals opportunity and the tools necessary to help themselves," says the Nisolo mission statement.

Tonight, Nisolo will present a trunkshow at Lambert's downtown — the 12th stop on a 15 city North American tour. Learn about the products, buy some good-looking, high-quality leather shoes (the sandals are particularly perfect for Texas' Spring and Summer) and talk to founder Patrick Woodyard, 25, about how his company is creating opportunity and capital for those who desperately need it. 

There couldn't be a better time than now to improve another's life simply by buying a handcrafted gift for yourself or someone else. 

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Lambert's will host Nisolo's trunk show tonight from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.