Dawa Dakpa, the entrepreneur who started his business of Shoe Laundry through support from the Loden Foundation, has launched a project called Help Shoe Bhutan. The project will collect old shoes from people in Thimphu and other urban areas, clean and repair them and distribute the shoes to the rural villagers. Dawa conceived the idea after seeing the wide gap between urban dwellers, who have too many shoes, and rural farmers, who sometimes do not have any.
The project will help many poor rural people but Dawa is also honest about the benefit to his own business. He will raise funds to fund the cleaning and repairing of the shoes at Nu. 80 per pair of shoes, a service his Shoe Laundry business will provide. One of the supporters of the project is Druk Holdings and Investment. The organisation has contributed a sum of Nu.100,000 and Dawa is expecting another Nu. 95000. Bhutan Broadcasting Service, Kuensel and Radio Valley agreed to partner with Dawa Dakpa for this “Help Shoe Project” with free media coverage. Kuensel will provide free advertisement worth Nu150,000 while the rest of the media partners agreed to do it as per requirements.
The renewed shoes will be handed over to Tarayana Foundation for distribution in the remote parts of the country.
Dawa is a successful Loden entrepreneurs running the first ever shoe laundry service in Bhutan.