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02.27.2015

Brave Spotlight: Courtney Poole & Carly Nance

By: Carolyn Cesario
Categories: Brave Spotlight

Today we’re bringing back the Brave Spotlight Series to highlight two female entrepreneurs whose missions are near and dear to our hearts, as both women work to empower artisans in Uganda! Meet Courtney Poole of Rose & Fitzgerald and Carly Nance of The Citizenry. These two are taking Brave steps every day towards big dreams [...]

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02.23.2015

Can I Visit the Workshop?

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Life at Sseko, Uganda, Uncategorized, Women of Sseko
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“I’m going to be in Uganda. Can I visit the workshop?” Surprisingly, that is one of the most common questions emailed to our staff in the U.S., and we’re thrilled that so many of you are able to travel and visit us. If you’re going to be in Kampala and have time for a visit, [...]

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02.16.2015

Welcome Ritah!

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Uganda, Women of Sseko
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Ritah is the sort of young woman with a voice that will be heard, especially since she hopes to study mass communications and become a journalist. So far, she already has a clear message to those in her society who think journalism is too challenging a career for women, “I believe we can just do [...]

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02.12.2015

Behind the Scenes: the Making of a Caramel T-Strap

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: How It's Made, Life at Sseko, Uganda, Uncategorized
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We’re excited to finally introduce the new caramel t-strap sandals. We’ve been testing the wear of the leather here in Uganda for almost a year now, and this new color is a clear favorite among our staff. The team of women in our Uganda workshop are starting the year off as t-strap making experts, but [...]

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02.05.2015

Welcome Gloria!

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko
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Gloria grew up in the chaos and noise of Kampala, the youngest of four children. Perhaps because of those beginnings, she now loves to seek out quiet places, in villages or the beautiful open garden grounds of the hilltop Bahai temple near our workshop. Her favorite task at Sseko so far is beading with the [...]

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02.03.2015

Sseko on ABC’s Shark Tank!

By: Carolyn Cesario
Categories: Life at Sseko, News
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You guys. The craziest thing happened. We’re going to be on Shark Tank. Over a year ago, I applied for the show. I honestly didn’t think much about it. (I didn’t even tell Ben I did it!) The odds were ridiculous. But we went for it. And it worked. YOU GUYS. We’re on SHARK TANK. [...]

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01.27.2015

Welcoming the Class of 2015

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Life at Sseko, Uganda, Uncategorized, Women of Sseko

Each year, we pair the members of our new class of university bound girls with a veteran staff member for mentoring. The women who keep our workshop running year after year are incredible sources of informational, from practical things like budgeting advice to the deeper and more personal subjects that come up as the girls [...]

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01.16.2015

Sseko’s Class of 2015 is Here!

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko

This year, our newest group of university-bound girls started off their Sseko experience by jumping straight into a busy shipping season. They’re already hand-stitching the ends of straps and ironing them, sewing accent backs alongside the accessories team, and assembling t-strap sandals. “I like Sseko so much, because I’m learning so many new things” one [...]

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01.04.2015

Graduate Update: Sofia

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko

Sofia set herself apart from her Sseko class very early on, proving herself to be a young woman with bold and articulate ideas, and after just one semester at Kyambogo University- she’s done it again. At the beginning of the semester, when class leaders were being elected, a group of young men tried to suggest [...]

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12.27.2014

Graduate Update: Loy

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko

After walk through the neighborhood led to quick photoshoot a few weeks ago, Loy flipped through the pictures on the camera screen, looking at herself as she grinned and posed dramatically on film. “They’re great!” she says. “I like all of them.” We’re not sure where this new Loy came from, a bubbling and confident [...]

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