Above, a U.S. Marine puts a sandal on a girl in the Philippines. Shoes tend to be an easy donation item for many in the West. The California-based business TOMS has been active in this field, with each purchase of a pair of TOMS ensuring that another pair will be shipped to a developing country. The brand has become somewhat of a combination fashion statement and public advertisement for the plight of unshod feet in poorer countries. But , a blogger with experience in non-profit management, criticized TOMS and related ventures as being "good marketing, but bad aid." Schimmelpfennig argued that these programs do nothing more than contribute to poverty tourism and only serve to further undermine the productive capacity of the recipient countries.
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