Meet Kenton Lee, founder of Because International. Kenton traveled the world to gain perspective and see firsthand the issues happening in developing countries. One day while working and living at an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya in Eastern Africa, Kenton saw a little girl in a white dress walking next to him.
I was shocked at how small her shoes were.
This got Kenton’s wheels turning and led to an idea. What if we could create a shoe that could adjust and expand? A shoe that could grow? When Kenton got back to Idaho, he grabbed some friends and they started to tackle the idea of a growing shoe.
In April, 2009 Because International officially became a nonprofit organization. The first project: The Shoe That Grows. This project came to fruition in the Fall of 2014. And now is off-and-running (pardon the pun). Check out the website to see the impact and be involved with this amazing innovation. But our story does not end with The Shoe. Because International have other issues they want to tackle.
We have more people who need someone to listen to their ideas and dreams. We have more work to do to help put kids in the best possible position to succeed.
Below is a Q&A with founder of Because International, Kenton Lee.
How did Because International get started, where did the inspiration come from?
Explain what the shoes are you introduced to the world and how they are helping lives around the world?
Shoes are small things that can make a BIG difference as they help kids be more healthy, attend school more often, and have more confidence. And The Shoe That Grows is a more impactful shoe because it can grow with the child’s growing foot. So now kids can wear a life-changing pair of shoes for years.
Do the donations to Because International go directly to creating the growing shoes?
How has the response been by the world community to the growing shoe creation?
What is your vision for Because International for the next 5-10 years?
If you had to give a small piece of advice to an individual wanting to start a nonprofit what would it be?