Posted by: Dr. Y. | March 2, 2016

Eco-Shoes: Manufacturing shoes from discarded tires and challenging perceptions about disabled people


Mabel Suglo (Source:

Ghanaian social entrepreneur Mabel Suglo is the co-founder of the Eco-Shoes Project, an initiative that assists artisans with disabilities to create marketable shoes from used tires and recycled African fabric. Started in 2013, the company currently employs 13 people. Her company is based in Kumasi, Ghana. It employs local able as well as artisans with disabilities to make shoes, bags, and accessories.


Eco-Shoes creation (Source:

“There are millions of discarded car tyre stockpiles and waste materials in Ghana which pose an environmental and health hazard,” explains Suglo. “Eco-Shoes rescues some of the millions of tyres and other material waste creating an environmental nuisance, to make fashionable and comfortable shoes.” She, and two of her friends were inspired to start the business to challenge local perceptions of disabled people as burdens to society.


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  2. This is such an amazing venture! Proud of them!


  3. What a great idea and I love the style concepts. Beautiful!


    • Thanks for commenting Swo8. I totally agree with you.

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  4. These are fabulous and a remarkable story


    • Yes… indeed… gorgeous shoes and accessories. Thanks for commenting.


  5. i recently watched this ted talk from an african female entrepreneur and she essentially passes the message that we shouldn’t just settle in being passive members of our economy. If we can help we should. i’m glad to get to know about this, it’s good to know that day by day there is an african person out there bringing change slowly but surely into the lives of their local communities.


    • Yes Style Thirst, it is so good to know that every single day, there is an African person out there making a positive change on his/her community. Just like you!

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  6. Very Beautiful! How would I purchase your product? I don’t see a website for purchasing.


  7. Where can I purchase the ECO-Shoes?


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