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07.23.2014

Keeping It Local

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Uncategorized

One of the challenges of working in manufacturing in East Africa is that a lot of the business infrastructure is still developing, particularly in Uganda. That means it’s often difficult to find consistency and quality in materials. Sometimes materials disappear from stock overnight, and others simply can’t be found at all. Here at Sseko, we’re [...]

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07.15.2014

Jenifer’s Day as a Journalist

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Uncategorized

Last week, three visitors from the George W. Bush Institute stopped by the Sseko workshop to film part of a video for the African First Ladies Summit in Washington, D.C. A few women recorded interviews for the video, and others had the opportunity to sing a few songs, providing background music for the film. While [...]

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07.10.2014

Sseko Turns 5!

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Life at Sseko

This past week at Sseko, we celebrated our 5th birthday with parties in both Uganda and the U.S.A.   In our Uganda workshop, we took the afternoon off to celebrate five years of incredibly hard work. We had no idea that balloons would be such a hit, but between the impromptu dance parties and bites [...]

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07.09.2014

The Power of Positivity

By: Carolyn Cesario
Categories: Brave Collective
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This is a guest post courtesy of one of our Sseko Braves, Corrie Matchell. Corrie lives in Oklahoma City and is the Content and Communications Director of The Spero Project, a local nonprofit that works to mobilize local churches to engage with under-resourced populations in long-term, sustainable ways. Corrie and her Ssekos are currently trekking [...]

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06.17.2014

Sseko Graduate Spotlight :: Harriet

By: Rose Dreisbach
Categories: Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko

Harriet Attending: Makerere University Studying: Business Administration and Human Resource Management Harriet is a powerhouse. As she walked into the room carrying her tall frame with strength and dignity, we could immediately tell she meant business. And hearing Harriet talk about her current determination and future aspirations, we’re confident that she will be a remarkable [...]

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06.16.2014

The Making of the Giving Key Sandal

By: Carolyn Cesario
Categories: How It's Made, Uganda
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We recently launched a new T-strap sandal in collaboration with The Giving Keys, and it’s something we at Team Sseko are super excited about. The Giving Keys is an LA-based organization that employs those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Our T-Strap [...]

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06.13.2014

Making Jewelry with the Team Leaders

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

When the team leaders and office staff get together, it’s usually for a meeting to plan out a busy Sseko workweek. Recently, though, we decided to get together on the weekend for a day of DIY fun: necklaces, earrings, and watermelon-pineapple smoothies. The ladies spent the afternoon digging through piles of beads to find their [...]

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06.10.2014

Sseko Graduate Spotlight :: Susan

By: Rose Dreisbach
Categories: Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko

Susan Attending: Kyambogo University Studying: Education Susan is curious, always looking to learn and grow. She blew us away with her initiative and self motivation when she started working at Sseko. Susan was continually seeking out people to train her in different areas of the sandal making process. We saw her confidence and independence grow [...]

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06.06.2014

Morning Tea at Sseko

By: Emily Grace Goodrich
Categories: Uncategorized

The moment the door to the Sseko workshop opens each morning, there is a flurry of activity as everyone rises from their seats on the front stoop and rushes into the break room to set the water boiling for tea. While the kettles bubble away, Matilda fills the mugs with a sprinkle of loose leaf [...]

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06.04.2014

{ Welcome Rakel! }

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

Rakel is proactive and responsible, and loves spending time with her friends, especially meeting people from different backgrounds. She is planning for a future so bright that people won’t even begin to imagine the sort of background she has come from, showing that difficult circumstances and poverty don’t have to define your future. To understand [...]

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