At soleRebels, we always strive to make sure our employees are compensated fairly because we believe in recognition and appreciation for a job well done.
We provide above-average salaries for all our workers. We offer four to five times the legal minimum wage and over three times the industry average salary.
The quota system of work, endemic in the fashion business (footwear and garments) always struck us as truly demeaning. It is a system that shows no confidence that workers can be incentivized to achieve targets and it creates a hostile working environment.
soleRebels pays all workers based on negotiated wages that are NOT subject to quotas but rather on mutually agreed company-wide goals.
Sadly, health care remains inaccessible for many in Ethiopia. Just getting to a doctor can be tough, not to mention a competent doctor without having to wait for hours.
soleRebels provides hassle-free medical insurance that covers 100% of employee's and their family's healthcare costs.
Historically, persons with disabilities have had it VERY HARD here in Ethiopia, finding and keeping work owing to systemic discrimination and difficulties just getting to their work. We provide transportation to and from the worksite for those workers with disabilities.
We've been reimagining the traditional selate shoe (recycled tire shoe) in dynamic new fashions for a few years now, turning something that would be clogging up the landfills (used tires) into not only comfortable but also cool shoes.
Challenging ourselves to find new uses for indigenous and recycled materials comes very naturally to us. If you wear our shoes, you know what we mean. If not, check some out - from camouflages that we have put into peaceful use, to our ingenious uses for Ethiopian hemps, and on to the most wild uses of tires and inner tubes you can imagine, you will quickly see what we mean when we say: "Here in Ethiopia, recycling things is a way of life".
The best investment we can make for the long term vitality of our community, is investment in children's education. Our Children's Education Fund provides grants for children of our artisans as well as children of their close relatives. The fund is offered twice a year, and like any of our programs is flexible and demand driven.
The ripple effect that starts with the purchase of a single pair of soleRebels shoes becomes a powerful force for positive community transformation in Ethiopia.