We're thrilled that our co-founder, Sabeha Miah has been included on The Independent's Happy List 2019, which celebrates 50 of the most inspirational people in the UK.
Sabeha and Joanna set up Juta Shoes in 2016 to equip local women with the skills, opportunities and confidence to combat social and financial isolation. We train and employ local women who face barriers to work to handcraft bespoke, sustainable shoes made from reclaimed leather, and teach shoemaking and craft workshops.
Sabeha has been working in the third sector since 2004 and leads women’s projects at the St Hilda’s East Community Centre, where she works to reduce social and financial inclusion. She also has a BA in Social Enterprise. “Sabeha dedicates her life to supporting, uplifting and amplifying socially isolated and marginalised BAME women,” says our co-founder Joanna Hamer. “She's a true unsung hero and a force for good.”
Founded in 2008 as an antidote to awards that celebrate wealth or celebrity, the Happy List acknowledges people that give rather than take, doing extraordinary things without their own personal gain in mind.
Christian Broughton, editor of The Independent, said: “We are living in a time of great uncertainty, which makes it all the more valuable to shine a light on remarkable people who simply strive to make Britain a better place. All of those on the Happy List give back to society rather than take from it, and what makes it even more special is that the nominations come from you, our readers. Everyone featured should be very proud of the difference they have made."
Want to do something a bit different for your next birthday party, hen party or another special occasion? Book a shoemaking workshop with us!
We've hosted birthday parties and hen dos for groups of up to 15 people in our East London studio, or we can come to your home or another venue if you prefer. It's unique, it's fun and every guest will walk out with their own pair of brand-new bespoke, sustainable shoes ❤
Did you know we also run shoemaking, wallet making, laptop sleeve making, and other creative workshops for organisations?
We've worked with the likes of Anthropologie, Daylesford Farm, Investec and WeWork - and would love to meet other organisations who are keen to engage their community, promote wellbeing, and make a positive social impact.
Shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
The summer has arrived (finally!) and so have our most sustainable sandals yet.
Our new tie-back espadrille sandals are made from reclaimed cream cotton - or your favourite fabric!
Perfect for that shirt you love but never wear, an inherited dress, or a pair of hand-me-down jeans that you've been holding on to. Simply pop your favourite fabric in the post and we will turn it into a beautiful pair of brand-new, bespoke shoes.
We can't wait to see what you send us!
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