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Got old shoes taking up space in the closet? Columbus’ Good Shepherd Radio invites you to take a step toward helping the less fortunate worldwide.

That’s the idea behind a project from Good Shepherd’s pair of Columbus Christian stations, The Bridge 90.3 FM and WYGS 91.1 FM. Their studios at 825 Washington St., also the home of QMIX 107.3 FM, are one of the drop-off points for the used footwear.

The shoes provide an economic boost by creating micro-enterprise opportunities in disadvantaged countries such as Haiti and many parts of Africa, according to Good Shepherd.

In a nutshell, micro-enterprise works pretty simply, according to organizers. Funds2Orgs, which helps nonprofits generate revenue, picks up collected shoes from the radio stations’ location and sends them to hub operators in developing nations. Hub operators pay Funds2Orgs a small operating fee, then sell the collected items to vendors with a small mark-up.

Vendors clean and repair the items and begin selling for a profit.

Micro-enterprise represents one way to lift many families out of the extreme poverty in devastated economies.



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