Jessica: Reflecting on my first year as a Sseko Fellow

There are honestly so many things I love about Sseko but the one thing that keeps coming to my mind is the community. There is a special bond of friendships that happen when you become a Fellow and the relationships that happen with the amazing women in Uganda is so powerful. I love that we are all in this together. It’s not a race for someone to get there first, we are here to encourage one another and look at the bigger picture and dream together of an independent and bright future. […]

By |2018-11-30T01:43:30+00:00November 30th, 2018|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Fellows|0 Comments

“I quit my job at Sseko Headquarters, then I joined them on my own terms.”

As far as we know, it’s not a common practice to publish interviews with employees who have quit working at your company. But we do things a little differently here at Sseko, and we are excited to share this story!  Adrienne Del Monte was a core member of team Sseko at our headquarters in Portland, Oregon for two years. She interviewed nearly a thousand women who were starting their journeys as Sseko Fellows and helped shape our community into the vibrant and welcoming place that it is. She recently quit  her job at Sseko and we’re sharing an interview with [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:02:24+00:00November 1st, 2018|Brave Spotlight, Women of Sseko|1 Comment

“I’m Running a Marathon in My Sseko Sandals”

When we found out that Sseko Fellow Pam Cooke is training for a marathon in her Sseko sandals, we could hardly believe it! Disclaimer: our sandals aren’t made with the intention of being running shoes, but Pam is taking her #ssekostyle to the next level! Check out what she’s doing… […]

By |2018-09-21T23:17:22+00:00September 21st, 2018|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Fellows|0 Comments

The Freedom of Schedule

Meet Shanda, a woman powerhouse, who used Sseko to control her life and put her family first. Hear her story of how her life took a 180-degree turn for freedom and flexibility… Recently, I have been reflecting back to June 2017.  This was one of the hardest months of my life. After a bout of sickness, my youngest son Matteo, was diagnosed with epilepsy caused by fevers and overheating.  News no parent ever wants to hear.  I was fearful of not only his safety but what my life would now look like because of this change. […]

By |2018-07-04T19:08:24+00:00July 4th, 2018|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Fellows|0 Comments

Freedom to Become My Full Self in Sisterhood

Hear from Sseko Fellow Hope as she shares her experience with the Sseko Sisterhood from the virtual world to Uganda. This Sisterhood has shed light to her freedom… This Sseko Sisterhood of Fellows has been a delightful surprise and a gift of immeasurable value in my life. It is truly the greatest community I have ever been privileged to be a part of that is filled with some of my most favorite people in the world. […]

By |2018-07-02T20:03:24+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Fellows|0 Comments

Freedom to Travel

From traveling nearby states to crossing oceans, Sseko Fellow Sarah broke away from the cubicle and began checking off her traveling bucket list. Hear her story and freedoms as a Sseko Fellow… Travel gives life to my soul and brings joy to my world. I feel free on the road. I breathe more easily exploring. I feel alive meeting new people in new places. […]

By |2018-07-01T16:36:25+00:00July 1st, 2018|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Fellows|0 Comments

Fellows Spotlight: Rachel Kelley

The Sseko Fellows are a group of women across the U.S. who share our story, sell our products, and make a difference in their community and our world. We are so lucky to walk alongside these women in creating a brighter future, and want to take a moment to introduce you to one of them, Rachel! Rachel Kelley recently hit ADVENTURESS STATUS, which is a huge deal in Sseko world, let us tell you! This means she sold over $10,000 worth of product in just one month last year! And that she has helped earn heaps of badges for her Sole [...]

Fellows Spotlight: Jessica Youngblood

The Sseko Fellows are a group of women across the U.S. who share our story, sell our products, and make a difference in their community and our world. We are so lucky to walk alongside these women in creating a brighter future, and want to take a moment to introduce you to one of them, Jessica! Jessica Youngblood recently hit ADVENTURESS STATUS, which is a huge deal in Sseko world, let us tell you! This means she sold over $10,000 worth of product in just one month last year! And that she has helped earn heaps of badges for her [...]

Fellows Spotlight: Alyssa Singh

The Sseko Fellows are a group of women across the U.S. who share our story, sell our products, and make a difference in their community and our world. We are so lucky to walk alongside these women in creating a brighter future, and want to take a moment to introduce you to one of them, Alyssa! Alyssa Singh recently hit ADVENTURESS STATUS, twice! This means that twice last year, she sold over $10,000 worth of product in just one month! And that she has helped earn heaps of badges for her Sole Sister in Uganda to earn additional scholarship money for [...]

Fellows Spotlight: Meet Amberleigh, our newest Adventuress!

The Sseko Fellows are a group of women across the U.S. who share our story, sell our products, and make a difference in their community and our world. We are so lucky to walk alongside these women in creating a brighter future, and want to take a moment to introduce you to one of them, Amberleigh! Amberleigh MacIntyre recently hit ADVENTURESS STATUS, which is a huge deal in Sseko world, let us tell you! This means she sold over $10,000 worth of product in just one month! And that she has helped earn heaps of badges for her Sole Sister [...]

By |2016-12-22T19:15:10+00:00December 22nd, 2016|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Fellows, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Fellows Spotlight: Steph Martin – Sseko Adventuress

There’s a community of women spread across the US that are changing the way women are empowered globally. By selling Sseko products and sharing the Sseko story, these women are earning an additional scholarship for the women on our team in Uganda! They’re called the Sseko Fellows, heard of them? One of our Sseko Fellows just hit Adventuress Status (that means she sold $10,000 worth of Sseko, in ONE month!) and she’s earned herself a FREE trip to Uganda to meet the team! Steph Martin is a wife of 11 years to one amazing guy and a full time momma to two [...]

By |2016-11-04T06:30:50+00:00November 4th, 2016|Brave Spotlight|0 Comments

Abby Rose | Buy Better Not More Vol. 6

Say hello to Abby Rose! We dare you to find a bone in her body that isn’t creative. As a wedding photographer, florist, and set designer, Abby curates beauty all-day-every-day.  Maybe you’ve seen her work in Darling or Cottage Hill Magazine? Get to know the lady behind the lens as our Buy Better Not More series continues.    […]

By |2016-09-30T15:30:02+00:00September 30th, 2016|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

Thamarr Guerrier | Buy Better Not More Vol. 5

We cannot get enough of Thamarr Guerrier, the muse behind Musings of a Curvy Lady! Our favorite, Parisian-loving, nurse-by-day-fashionista is back with her tips for living simply this fall (even though it’s still feelin’ like summer in her neck of the woods!). Our Buy Better Not More series wouldn’t be complete without her; take it away Thamarr! […]

By |2016-09-27T07:30:39+00:00September 27th, 2016|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

Fellows Spotlight: Sarah Woodson (She earned herself a FREE trip to Uganda!)

There’s a community of women spread across the US that are changing the way women are empowered globally. By selling Sseko products and sharing the Sseko story, these women are earning an additional scholarship for the women on our team in Uganda! They’re called the Sseko Fellows, heard of them? One of our Sseko Fellows just hit Adventuress Status (that means she sold $10,000 worth of Sseko, in ONE month!) and she’s earned herself a trip to Uganda to meet the team! Sarah Woodson is a 27 year old full-time Sseko Fellow (and newlywed!) who recently moved to St. Louis, Missouri [...]

By |2016-09-20T17:40:46+00:00September 20th, 2016|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Fellows, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

My Brave Story

Today we are introducing the Brave Necklace, the newest way to wear your story. Available in two lengths and three styles, this necklace will serve as a reminder of where you have been, inspiration for where you are going and a symbol of what lies within you. Piece by piece, each unique Brave Necklace will tell your story. […]

By |2016-08-31T05:00:28+00:00August 31st, 2016|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

Tori Roloff | Buy Better Not More Vol. 1

Our Fall 2016 Collection is all about simplicity. It’s centered around buying better, not more. Each piece was carefully designed to be carried with you for years to come, and we incorporated timeless colors like caramel, blacks and ivories so that each piece may become a wardrobe staple. In the spirit of buying better, not more, we’ve reached out to our favorite fashionistas for tips on how to keep a simple wardrobe that feels new throughout the season. These beautiful women have joined our #buybetternotmore movement, and we are excited to share the first post in this series with you! First up, Tori Roloff – [...]

By |2016-08-23T17:53:36+00:00August 23rd, 2016|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

Brave Spotlight: Angelia Trinidad of Passion Planner

She found herself in a post-graduate depression, and out of that depression a tool was born to remind us that our dreams should never be an afterthought. We’re so excited to introduce you to Angelia, founder and CEO of Passion Planner, the empowering planner designed to help everyone take action towards their goals every single day. We hope you’ll be as inspired by Angelia as we are! […]

Brave Spotlight: Thamarr Guerrier

Thamarr Guerrier is a Jacksonville, Florida based nurse by day & a full time fashion-loving positive body advocate. We adore her feminine style and the way she uses her blog, Musings of a Curvy Lady, as a space for advocacy and style inspiration! We believe she is the embodiment of Sseko bravery and we couldn’t wait to share more about her with you!  […]

By |2016-05-19T07:30:01+00:00May 19th, 2016|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

Brave Spotlight: Gale Straub of She Explores

In our Brave Spotlight series, we highlight rad women who are taking small steps every day towards a brighter future. This time, we’re excited to introduce you to Gale Straub, the incredible woman behind She Explores, a site dedicated to women pursuing bravery and sisterhood in the outdoors and beyond. We hope you’re as inspired by Gale as we are! […]

By |2016-05-09T23:15:32+00:00May 9th, 2016|Brave Collective, Brave Spotlight|0 Comments

Brave Spotlight: Adriana Jaime

“I used to think being brave meant doing something big and cinematic and heroic, but after this trip, I realize sometimes taking those smaller steps that take us out of our comfort zone and help us grow can be just as brave.” -Adriana Jaime Adriana is a Portland, Oregon dweller dedicating her time to working with kids and embracing her creativity through photography, writing, and being a hostess. Although she’s not originally from Portland, she tells us that the city feels more like home to her than any other place in the world. After a recent trip to NYC with [...]

Brave Spotlight | Jennifer Wang

Jennifer Wang is the personal style blogger behind Sustainable Siren, formerly Art In Our Blood. In addition to curating a beautifully inspiring blog, Jennifer is a design student passionate about sustainable fashion and inspiring others, especially young adults, to approach life with an environmentally and ethically conscious mindset. […]

By |2016-03-15T07:30:39+00:00March 15th, 2016|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style, The Future is Bright|0 Comments

How To Build An Ethical Wardrobe| The Trendsetter

Bre Cruikshank is a fashion blogger and product manager at Nike. Long-obsessed with fashion and the arts and how that impacts the world, mixed with Bre’s studies in International and human rights in school, she’s now found the bridge between the two in the world of ethical fashion. “It’s just what I love. I want my clothing to be beautiful, look really nice and be something that I love to put on, but I also want it to have an ethical purity to it too.”   Meet the trendsetter, Bre! You may have heard the saying “Every purchase you make is [...]

By |2015-10-28T00:21:58+00:00October 28th, 2015|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

Style by the Books | The Ace

Meet our brilliant-minded, justice-seeking friend, Lindsey Low! She is a true academic, approaching life and work with a curious mind and passion for change. A lifelong learner, Lindsey embodies the tenet of our Sseko Manifesto, ‘read good books and ask hard questions’! We hope you’re as captivated by her dreams, passions, and pixie cut as we are! Meet The Ace […]

By |2015-10-20T22:51:20+00:00October 20th, 2015|Brave Collective, Brave Spotlight|0 Comments

Travel Advice from The Voyager

If you want some great travel advice, just talk to Blair Littleton! Blair is a voyager, approaching life and culture with a curious and humble spirit. An avid reader, her own life adventures are worth writing a novel about. From Australia, to Central and South America, Asia, and Europe, this gal has been everywhere! Blair’s pursued a career in medicine, which she views as the perfect vehicle to allow her both to travel and to bring positive change as she does. She is currently a Physician’s Assistant, working as the Attending Physician at an Urgent care clinic in Portland, OR. [...]

By |2015-10-12T22:01:14+00:00October 12th, 2015|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

Wilderness Style | Field Notes from The Scout

Some people go for walks in the woods to get a breath of fresh air and perhaps some exercise. Others go for nature walks–a much more spiritual and communal experience. Stephanie Alberta is one of those individuals who finds her greatest solace in the wilderness of the outdoors. Carefully studying the native plants and species, Stephanie picks up on the patterns and stories woven into the scenery in an incredibly intuitive way. She can identify any tree by its pinecone, forage for wild berries and concoct her own homemade tinctures from her findings. Meet the Scout: Stephanie Alberta […]

By |2015-09-22T17:40:40+00:00September 22nd, 2015|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

Meet Guero’s Megan Sanchez | The Entertainer

If you’ve been to Portland, you may have visited Guero, the Mexican food truck in Southeast that serves up mouthwatering tortas and bowls. Megan Sanchez, who co-owns Guero with her partner Alec, has impeccably designed and branded the truck, transforming it into an oasis of plants, color and energy. (Truly. Just looking at the truck, you feel happier!) Megan is an entertainer and a hostess at her core: inviting, warm and full of culinary secrets. Always flawlessly dressed in an assortment of thrifted finds and simple statement pieces, she is a visionary in every sense! Her truck, Guero, has become [...]

By |2015-09-14T21:04:25+00:00September 14th, 2015|Brave Spotlight|0 Comments

An Interview with the Band Joseph | The Composers

Meet Allie and Meegan Closner, two of the dynamic trio that make up the band Joseph. Joseph was formed in the small town of Joseph, Oregon and is comprised of three sisters, twins Meegan and Allie, and their older sister Natalie. From playing in living rooms to playing at Red Rocks in Colorado with David Gray, they’ve been making waves across the US with their genetically perfected harmonies, raw lyrics, and artistically distinct style. Through their music, these three women have a way of finding their way into the depths of your soul where they uplift and remind us all [...]

By |2015-09-04T18:10:16+00:00September 4th, 2015|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

One Sseko Brave’s African Dream

After learning about a current project Sseko Brave Collective member Chido Dhliwayo is embarking on to help her mother publish a book, we were captivated by the story she is telling and the story of her mother, Letwina’s journey. While acclimatizing herself in Portland, Chido attended Portland State University and it was through an internship she had that crossed paths with Sseko. Sseko Designs had brought the documentary “Girl Rising” to Portland and it was there that Chido first learned about Sseko’s mission and ultimately joined the Sseko Brave Collective. It wasn’t long until Chido and Letwina began taking Brave steps together! We [...]

By |2015-09-01T22:30:29+00:00September 1st, 2015|Brave Collective, Brave Spotlight|0 Comments

Brave Spotlight: Haley Johnsen

Haley Johnsen is a singer-songwriter from Beaverton, Oregon. You may recognize her from Season 11 of American Idol, but this lady’s come a long way since then! In fact, she just released her debut EP, Through the Blue. Singing has always been a part of her life, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she decided to dig deep and find the words to go along with the melodies she was hearing in her head. As Haley puts it, “I have a knack for teaching children, an uninhibited desire to explore the world around me, and a constant [...]

By |2015-08-24T15:09:00+00:00August 24th, 2015|Brave Spotlight, Sseko Style|0 Comments

The Future is Bright: Nikia Phoenix

When you first see Nikia Phoenix, you’ll likely be as struck by her unique beauty, name, and style, as we were. Having worked with Nikia before and in getting to know her over the past couple years, we’ve learned there is so much more than meets the eye. She continues to captivate us with the depth of care she has for her community and the way she thinks about the world and her place in it, she is a true freedom fighter through and through. Using modeling, blogging, and insanely good style as a platform, she is working toward a [...]

A Brighter Future: Audrey Roloff

Our Summer 2015 campaign theme is “The Future is Bright” — both because our summer collection features crazy beautiful, bold, and bright hues (coral! fuchsia! blue! turquoise!) but also because we believe that if we work together, a brighter future is possible. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite (brave!) women who are working to create a brighter future every day, too. We’ll be highlighting them each on the Sseko blog throughout the summer! To kick us off, we’re highlighting the audacious and striking LA-based blogger Audrey Roloff of aujpoj.com! Audrey is a positive role model for [...]

Brave Spotlight: Courtney Poole & Carly Nance

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 of changing the way business and retail operate. We asked them to select the pieces of the Sseko Manifesto that most resonate with them, and they answered a few questions for us related to them. They recently teamed up on a collaboration, and share their [...]

By |2015-02-27T19:41:58+00:00February 27th, 2015|Brave Spotlight|0 Comments

Brave Spotlight: Stella Maria Baer

We are proud to introduce you to our friend, Stella Maria Baer. Stella is an artist with roots in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Her work is stunningly reticent of the desert - the lines, color, and space will take you to another world. As our “Say yes to adventure” Ambassador, she exudes bravery in the adventure of art. What advice would you give to 13-year-old you? Don't worry about what people think of you.  Keep doing what you believe in.  Keep looking at the moon and stars. What does "Say yes to adventure" [...]

By |2014-12-04T20:34:57+00:00December 4th, 2014|Brave Spotlight|0 Comments

Brave Spotlight: Rebekah Lyons

“Usually you know something scares you when your heart starts racing, when you are about to hit submit or publish, make that difficult phone call, send that e-mail–it’s your body telling you to trust that the difficult way is the way of healing and wholeness and freedom.” These are the insightful words of our newest Brave Spotlight – Rebekah Lyons. […]

By |2014-11-18T01:50:01+00:00November 18th, 2014|Brave Spotlight|0 Comments

Brave Spotlight: Emily Loerke

We are honored to introduce you to a longtime dear friend of Sseko - Emily Loerke. A lover of the outdoors and keeper of bees, all-star friend, wife to Tim and new mama to a little one (named Brave! How much do we LOVE THAT?!), she challenges us to give grace and be brave in the big and small. We asked Emily what “small steps” she is taking in her life toward bigger dreams and goals. She told us writing down her goals is a huge part of taking small steps. Only 3% of people actually write down their goals, [...]

By |2014-11-04T17:04:26+00:00November 4th, 2014|Brave Spotlight|0 Comments

Brave Spotlight: Francesca Giaimo

“Your body is not your masterpiece — your life is.” – Glennon Melton It can be difficult in the fashion industry to maintain a healthy sense of self in the midst of convoluted messaging that reinforces the lie that we are not enough. Fix it, dress it up, or hide it altogether – there doesn’t tend to be a lot of space for self-appreciation. We believe it’s crucial for women to realize their dignity – because that dignity is the spark that gives way to a flame of self-love. And we believe no one better exemplifies that spark than the [...]

By |2014-10-28T22:18:47+00:00October 28th, 2014|Brave Spotlight|0 Comments
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