Greg explains to Dave how he met Walter in West Bronx in New York at the Andrew Friedman Home at a social venture event for entrepreneurs.
Walter explains how important it is to help others with an incarcerated past and help them change their habits and embrace entrepreneurship.
His business, Pen & Pistol, started as a leather craft company, founded by Ralphy Dominguez, who was formerly incarcerated and wanted to reinvent himself. He and his partner Ralphy did this by building a business from the leather craft skill Ralphy learned in prison.
Walter Escobar, operates his business with his partner Ralphy Dominguez in West Bronx in New York. Ralphy left prison with nothing but a new skill and a powerful yearning for the dignity that comes from building a business. Today, Walter, Ralphy and team hand make minimal leather accessories like wallets, cardholders, bracelets, belts, etc. Their products are made from repurposed leather that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Their main mission is to hire former felons and inspire them to create a positive road for themselves.
Pen & Pistol – Lifestyle/Leatherworks