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Towson entrepreneur wants to build opportunity one pair of shoes at a time
Towson entrepreneur wants to build opportunity one pair of shoes at a time

A trip years ago to visit a friend and aid worker in a Guatemala City slum proved life altering for Towson resident Bethany Tran. In La Limonada, one of Guatemala's poorest and most violent neighborhoods, Tran saw houses stacked one on another, hungry children roaming the streets, gangs that spread fear through the community. But she felt a connection to the people. "I just fell in love with the community, and came home just destroyed," said Tran, 32. "It's difficult to comprehend until you've seen it." She eventually became convinced she needed to shift into work that would boost the fortunes of the poor residents she'd met. She teamed up with a...

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