Toms will begin manufacturing in Haiti in the first quarter of 2014. The announcement was made on Sept. 26 during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) by the company's founder and initiator of the shoe-giving project, Blake Mycoskie, while disclosing the CGI's commitment to “Large Scale Shoe Production and Job Creation in Haiti.” Production will initially take place in a 10,000 square-foot facility in Port-au-Prince. Within a year, the company estimates that the production of Toms Giving Shoes will create 100 jobs. Toms' executives will visit Haiti on a regular basis to oversee improvement of the production facility as well as the working conditions of its employees. The company aims to ensure that the shoes made there directly benefit the surrounding communities. Toms is committing to provide services for employees, their families and the broader community across a range of areas such as education, health and early childhood support. Over the past year, Toms has been collaborating with over 30 artisans on the Caribbean island to design a limited edition series of retail shoes under the Haiti Artists Collective banner. This collaboration will continue. At present, Toms' shoes are made in China, Argentina, Kenya and Ethiopia. The company is currently considering also launching manufacturing operations in Kenya, which would provide shoes to all of Africa.