Peter Lochan, founder of social enterprise BODO (Buy One Donate One), is launching his new brand with the aim of providing footwear both in the UK and in poverty-stricken countries across the world. The vibrant designs of his stylish sandal collection will soon be changing the world, one pair of feet at a time
Sublime: What is the driving force behind BODO's vision?
Peter Lochan: We wanted to create fashionable ethical-sandals that would be made out of globally abundant recyclable materials. We then wanted to create a business model around this, which would allow us to provide durable and practical footwear to people living in poverty-stricken communities.
S: Have you always aspired to run a social enterprise?
PL: I have tended to gravitate towards ethically-minded organisations. Previously, I worked as a mentor for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and youths, to help them prioritise academic achievement and them become role models for their peers. I have also helped to deter people from turning to violent crime and gangs, by empowering at-risk individuals.
S: How did you come up with the idea?
PL: The inspiration for BODO came from my uncle. He lived in Trinidad and Tobago back in the 60s, where he and many people around him struggled with poverty and unemployment.
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