Roma Boots is a ‘buy one give one’ fashionable rain boot company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. It was founded in 2010 by Romanian born Samuel Bistrian who wanted to help children in his home country by combining his love of fashion and philanthropy.
Giving poverty the boot by bringing street children and orphans hope, love and lasting change in the most sustainable and practical way. For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a brand new pair stuffed with educational supplies is donated to a child in need.
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Roma’s ultimate goal is not only to provide aid, but to educate. Ten percent of all sales proceeds go to the Roma For All Foundation to help these impoverished children break out of their cycle of poverty and despair. By doing so we will empower them to contribute their gifts & talents to society, eradicate poverty as a condition and a state of mind to make this world a better place.
Samuel Bistrian grew up in the remote village of Benesti in pre-revolutionary Romania, where he experienced first hand the struggles one faces growing up in poverty in a communist ruled country. And though Bistrian and his family immigrated to the United States when he was only eight, his parents taught him and his eleven brothers and sisters to never forget their humble beginnings, to display gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon them and to always give back to those less fortunate. So for the next twenty years, giving back is exactly what Bistrian set out to do.
Upon graduating college, Bistrian took a job with Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas where he worked over the next decade. During this time he continued his service to those in need by sending clothes, shoes and clothing and taking annual trips back to Romania. However, it never seemed to be enough. In 2009 while working at Neiman Marcus he met Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes. Bistrian was very inspired by his story and in 2010 decided to take the experience and knowledge he gained working in retail fashion and merge it with the humanitarian efforts he held so close to his heart to create a charity based company that could give back on a grander scale – and with the help of friends and family, Roma Boots was finally born.