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04.20.2015

New Mothers at Sseko

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko
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In March, we had the opportunity to meet not one but two new Sseko babies! Georgia and Phoebe gave birth to their first children recently, and brought them both in for a visit. Phoebe is one of our incredibly talented tailors. She and her husband named their son Israel. She is thrilled and very proud [...]

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04.13.2015

Welcome Esther!

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Uganda, Women of Sseko
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Esther grew up in eastern Uganda, with her mother and three siblings. Her parents divorced when she was young, but she’s had a good role model in her mother, who teaches English in a primary school, and whom she describes as kind and hardworking. She spends her free time reading, and loves to be creative. [...]

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04.09.2015

Sseko Festival Fashion

By: Carolyn Cesario
Categories: Style your Ssekos

Festival season is here, and we at Sseko are pretty excited! It’s the perfect excuse to finally break out our ribbon sandals for the summer…and experiment with fun new ways to style and tie them. (You can get away with anything at a festival, right?) We don’t know if there’s any shoe better for festivals [...]

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04.03.2015

Welcome Santa!

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Uganda, Women of Sseko
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In her youth, Safari Santa has already experienced more than most people will encounter in a lifetime. She grew up in South Sudan with her mother and a younger sister who passed away last year. She lost her father right around the time of her birth, and a stepfather who’d helped her with her schooling [...]

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03.30.2015

Welcome Roselyne!

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Uganda, Women of Sseko
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Roselyne is the fifth born of seven children. Her father teaches primary school, and her mother grows vegetables. She loves her big family, because there are so many people, they can always keep each other company. In her free time, she likes to sing gospel music, and is happy to sing anywhere. We’ve already seen [...]

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03.19.2015

Favorite Jobs

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: How It's Made, Uganda, Uncategorized, Women of Sseko

This past year at the Sseko workshop, things have been busy with the introduction of the new t-strap sandals and a lot of growth. Instead of colorful ribbon straps, these sandals come with carefully hand-beaded accessories, and a whole lot more steps in assembly. This has dramatically changed the way we work, and most days [...]

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03.14.2015

Welcome Sharon Jr.!

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Uganda, Women of Sseko
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Sharon is one of the most multi-faceted young women we’ve ever had at Sseko. She loves technology and computers, but balances those interests with a passion for crafts and designing her own necklaces. So far, she’s feeling right at home beading with the accessories team. She also fills her free time with a variety of [...]

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03.05.2015

Workshop Mini Makeover

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

We all have those “but first” projects in life. Maybe you’re planning to take up jogging, but first you need some cute running clothes. Or perhaps you’re hoping to write a novel, but first you need to find a new job that gives you more free time. Here at Sseko Uganda, we’re also completely guilty [...]

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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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