words | Rebecca Castillo
photography | Brad Olsen
makeup/hair | Pearl Espinoza
ROMA BOOTS WAS FOUNDED BY SAMUEL BISTRIANWHO COMBINED
HIS LOVE OF FASHION WITH PHILANTHROPY.
Roma Boots merges fashion with philanthropy to give poverty the boot. Their mission is to bring impoverished children throughout the world hope, love, and lasting change through aid and education.
They've traveled to 25 countries on five continents delivering boots to thousands of children. A company who not only says they care, but shows it.
For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need.
THE WORD ROMA MEANS LOVE.
LET'S MEET THE ROMA TEAM
Jennifer has always believed that in some way she wanted to help others, especially children without a fighting chance. "We as humans should always strive to do anything that will leave this world in a better state." Jennifer has a background in social work and retail before coming to Roma.
Megan grew up wondering why she was blessed to live in a country where she had all of her needs, and most of her wants met. "I knew I wouldn't be satisfied in a career unless I could serve others." Her heart calls to teach others, internationally, that they don't have to be a victim of their circumstance. She feels it's a privilege to work alongside individuals who have experienced trauma or difficult situations. It's her goal to help them overcome barriers and challenges, and to recognize their value, worth, and purpose.
Samantha has always had a passion for helping the homeless and those living in poverty. She went to school for fashion but felt empty working for a company that did not have a philanthropic purpose. She read an article about Roma, and saw the mix of fashion and philanthropy; from then on she became a super fan and now is a part of the team.
Rebecca went on a mission trip to India that changed her life. It gave her the chance to realize how much help we can be for others. With a degree in business and a love for sustainable and ethical fashion, she saw an incredible opportunity to work for Roma, which mixes her love for fashion through Fair Trade and a social cause.
Working at Roma Boots is not just another job, we're helping the world become just a little bit better. We love what we do, and more importantly, love why we do it.
From giving a smile to a sad stranger, opening a door for someone, volunteering, buying a hungry person a meal, or an impoverished child a pair of boots, we all have something to give. Roma is convinced that it’s better to give than receive. They’ve chosen to give poverty the boot through art, education, fashion, philanthropy and by teaching others the art of giving.