Umano is a fashionable line of shirts — t-shirts, muscle shirts, long-sleeve shirts, and sweatshirts — that feature the artwork of young children. When an item is sold on the Umano website, the company gives a backpack full of school supplies (crayons, notebooks, pencils with erasers) to a child in need. So far Umano has given more than 10,000 backpacks to kids living in the US — Athens, Georgia; Greensboro, North Carolina; Harlem, New York — and abroad in Mexico, Uganda, and Peru. Why backpacks full of crayons? Because Umano’s mission is to “empower kids to unleash their creativity.” Umano says that they believe in the “unlimited potential of a kid’s imagination an that art inspires kids to create their own path.”
The social entrepreneurs behind Umano are brothers, Jonathan and Alex Torrey from Athens, Georgia. Together they will pitch their do-good, adorable and inspiring fashion brand on Shark Tank on November 20 at 9pm on ABC. The Umano giving goal for 2015 is to give away more than 20,000 backpacks.