The Adelante Journey

#WorthStandingFor: Chapter 2

Horacio was born into a deeply impoverished family in Pastores, but became intent on finishing school from a young age. His family, and especially his mother, were committed...

Lest We Forget

We are a fast-moving company and every day is a multicolored blur of leather and strategy. Oftentimes I find myself so deep crunching numbers, comparing spreadsheets, determining breakevens,...

#WorthStandingFor

Though he began shoemaking at the age of 10, Julio’s start with Adelante marked a departure from solitary work at home to a workshop with a group of...

Quality Over Everything

It’s 7pm on Saturday, and I sit in the basement of Beyond with a knife, lighter, and 60 pairs of shoes. A fluorescent light bulb swings overhead, casting...

One Year in Guatemala

When people inevitably ask, “so how’s it going down there?” I respond, “it’s a battle,” and it’s hard to fully describe. Overseeing production in a fast-growing company with...

#startups

I clambered aboard the Adelante ship nine months ago. I use the word “clambered” in this metaphor because I did not leap gracefully or commandeer with clear direction....

Fast Fashion is a Syndrome

Fast fashion... we have all heard the term, but what does it mean? As I see it, Fast Fashion is an unsustainable consumption of fashion products that comes...

We Back

Remember the first time you came down? Did you ever imagine we'd be where we are now? Of course I did! I smile at Horacio and tell him...

Gangs, Shoe Bags, and Prison Reform

If you were to tell me three years ago that I’d be walking through a maximum security prison in Guatemala while breaking bread and drinking Coca Cola with...

How a Shoe Company Restored my Faith in Capitalism

As a liberal-minded English major at Colby College, I took several classes that encouraged me to question the effectiveness of international trade and its impact on the world....