On the April 26 episode of "Shark Tank," viewers got to know an inspiring company called Mission Belts. Mission Belts is a socially responsible company who believes in giving something back. For every one of these high-end belts purchased, a dollar is donated to help give someone in poverty a hand up.
To begin with, the belt itself is made of beautiful leather and is available in a variety of styles and colors. The buckle system does not involve the traditional holes, and that is what sets it apart from the average belt. You can see a variety of the products and even order a Mission Belt on their website. They are also featured in various retail establishments. They are priced around $34.95 to $39.95. The buckle system is akin to that used in army belts in the 1970s.
Mission Belts does their philanthropy through a company called Kiva. (Kiva.org) On the Mission Belt website they explain what Kiva is:
Kiva is a non-profit, peer-to-peer ‘micro-lending’ organization that helps provide opportunities to support economic development and entrepreneurship, mostly in developing countries, as part of its efforts to alleviate poverty and create more economic opportunity. Before you think we’re loan sharks, Kiva doesn’t collect nor pay us any interest on our funds. Rather, we help to increase the supply of credit for borrowers who might not have access to traditional banking services in their home countries.
Some of the projects mentioned a man buying a cow, a few chickens, or supplies to sell. The dollar helps people around the world break the cycle of poverty in the ideology of the “teach a man to fish” theory.
One dollar of the purchase price of every Mission Belt goes to help empower people in poverty. And, you have a great-looking high quality belt you will be proud of for years to come.