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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sseko Designs

Sseko Designs makes really cute sandals. You should learn more about their cause and then buy some.
Liz Bohannon (who also went to Mizzou, woo!) went to Uganda for a number of months and came back with a mission. She started Sseko Designs in which young women from The Cornerstone Leadership Academy near Matuga, Uganda hand make all the sandals for Sseko and then they are sent abroad to their new owners.

"Sseko {say.co} Designs was created as a Not-Just-For-Profit business that will help these bright young women continue their education. The Ugandan school system is designed with a nine month gap between secondary school and university. These nine months are intended to allow time for students to earn money for tuition before continuing on to university. However, in an impoverished and male dominated society, many of these young women struggle to find fair work during this time."
"Sseko Designs hires recent secondary school graduates for this nine month period to live and work together, while earning money that will go directly towards their university education. These women will not make sandals forever. They will go on to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers that will bring change and unification to a country divided and ravished by a 22 year-long war."

The sandals also come in tons if different patterns and you can wrap those straps in multitude of different ways. Go to their website to learn more!!!

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