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Friends and business partners Matthew Griffin and Donald Lee served multiple tours in Afghanistan as members of the U.S. Army Special Operations forces in the 75th Ranger Regiment. But once their active duty days were behind them, they sought to create a better “path to peace.” To support veterans as well as people in war-torn countries, their company, Combat Flip Flops, creates shoes from locally sourced products in conflict zones, and uses the proceeds to fund education for Afghan women, dismantle crack cartels in Colombia, clear landmines in Laos, and employ veterans stateside.
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Mitscoot OutfittersCourtesy Mitscoots Outfitters
Before U.S. Air Force veteran Tim Scott and his wife created their company, they were compelled to give out socks and other products via their car window to the homeless population in Austin, Texas. But the more they handed out, the greater they realized the need in their community was. In an effort to take action and make a difference, they founded their company Mitscoot Outfitters with a “get, give, employ” social enterprise business plan to help create job opportunities for the homeless while also providing the gear they need to get back on their feet. They’re all made in the USA, and you can choose beanies, gloves, backpacks, and more.
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