Oliberte Limited

Oliberté is a responsible lifestyle brand supporting workers' rights and sustainable manufacturing in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Fashion
  • Location Oakville, ON, Canada
  • Currency CAD
  • Founded February 2009
  • Employees 135
  • Incorporation Type B-corp
  • Website oliberte.com

Company Summary

Oliberte Limited produces handcrafted men’s and women’s boots, moccasins, loafers, and sneakers using handpicked leather and natural rubber outsoles, made exclusively across Africa. The Company operates a fast-growing direct-to-consumer e-commerce business and owns and operates the only Fair Trade Certified™ shoe factory in the world. Built in 2012, the factory is located in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and employs 110 men and women.


  • Tal Dehtiar
    Founder & President

    Prior to launching Oliberté, Tal Dehtiar, co-founded and built MBAs Without Borders (MWB), a NGO that supported businesses across Africa, Asia and Latin America. MWB was sold to CDC Development Solutions in 2009. For his work to date, Tal has been recognized with numerous honours, including being recognized recently as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative Business People and nominated recently for Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

  • Feraw Kebede
    General Manager - Ethiopia

    After graduating from Technical school, he was set to go to university until his best friend pointed out an advertisement for training on how to make shoe patterns at a local shoe factory in Addis Ababa, where he grew up. He went, he stayed, he excelled, and after finishing the training from there he worked for a shoe factory where he was sent to attended Cordwainers’ Technical College in London (now part of London College of Fashion).


  • Holmberg & Watson
    Milgram and Associates

Previous Investors

  • Tal Dehtiar
    Peter Aghar
    Back 40 North Holdings

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