Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms, has announced that the brand will start manufacturing shoes in Haiti from the beginning of January 2014.

Toms has made a five-year commitment to produce its shoe donations in-country and to support the growth of a sustainable Haitian shoe industry. Located in Port-aus-Prince, the initial production will take place in a 10,000 square-foot facility. Throughout the past year, Toms has already collaborated with over 30 artisans in Haiti and has created a successful, limited edition series of retail shoes under the Haiti Artists Collective banner.

At present Toms shoes are manufactured in China, Argentina, Kenya and Ethiopia. By the end of 2015 the company aims to produce a minimum of 1/3 of all its shoe donations using local labour and resources.