Tuesday, July 5, 2011
When I read about Sseko Designs in the July issue of People Style Watch, I had to write about it. You have to love stories like this! I just ordered a pair of sandals and I cannot wait to rock them!!!
Sseko (pronounced, "say-ko") Designs was created to assist the young women of Uganda 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.
Each sandal that you buy from Sseko Designs is made by hand by a woman you will help to pursue her education. Knowing that is enough to make me want to strut my stuff!!! Here are a few of my favorites:
Olivette Sandals ($49.00)
Red Sandals ($47.00)
Malindi Sandals ($49.00)
With multiple ways to tie the straps (Additional straps also available for purchase) the options are endless!! They even have a YouTube channel dedicated to ways to tie your Sandals!!
Sseko Designs is a not-just-for-profit enterprise that recognizes the power of business and responsible consumerism to support sustainable economic development, which in turn affects a country's educational, justice, and health care systems. The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda.
Be sure to visit Sseko Designs online at http://www.ssekodesigns.com/, to learn more about the sandals and the women behind them.