3 Birthday Looks for Any Occasion

It’s our birthday and we are ready to paaaaaarty! With you.  This month we will celebrate our 11th birthday. That’s right, we’re officially business pre-teens. And while we’d love to have a sleepover with bad 80’s movies and popcorn, this year we will be blowing out our candles with a week-long sale. Every 24 hours we’ll be dropping a surprise discount. 7 DAYS! 7 DEALS! Each only lasts one day so you’ll have to act fast, but we’ll have bags, shoes, jewelry, and more at some seriously low prices. So make sure you get yourself a gift! We can’t [...]

By |2020-07-01T20:32:41+00:00July 9th, 2020|News, Sseko Style, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are you “Seaing” Things?- New Colors in the Custom Shop

Have you ever wanted to be a fashion designer?  The idea of mixing and matching colors and styles and silhouettes and embellishments can be exciting even for those of us who never made it to Parsons School of Design. Even if you’ll never see the likes of a Project Runway audition, you can still take your turn at design with the Sseko Custom Shop.  The design process is easy and simple.  Just choose to design your own sandals, earrings, or bag. From there, you can choose which silhouette style you prefer, colors, and even add a monogram.  One of [...]

By |2020-05-12T01:55:34+00:00May 21st, 2020|News, Sseko Style|0 Comments

How Sseko Does MLM Differently

One of our key tenets at Sseko Designs is “Ask hard questions.” We welcome tough conversations with open arms! One conversation that we feel is important to jump into is that around the MLM (Multi-Level Marketing a.k.a. Direct Sales) business model. Did you know that Sseko Designs is an MLM business? We weren’t always structured this way, but over the past few years we’ve made an intentional shift to sell products through our community of Sseko Fellows. As we dove into this sustainable business, we worked hard (and continue to work hard!) to create a model that is ethical and [...]

By |2017-11-06T19:23:37+00:00November 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Sandals Designed for You by You

We know that finding the perfect open-toed flat can be a challenge. Let’s face it, too often finding quality and style in a sandal is tough. You can either find every color of rubber sandal under the sun, or really high-quality leather, but only in a few (often expensive) style selections. We wanted to revolutionize the sandal season, but we knew we couldn’t do it alone. That’s why our sandals come three ways: Limited-time seasonal silhouettes and colored leather Ribbon sandals with dozens of interchangeable looks Custom shop sandals designed entirely by you If you want sandals that will [...]

By |2021-07-05T23:22:22+00:00February 16th, 2017|How It's Made, News, Sseko Style|0 Comments

Sseko Turns 6: Lessons We’ve Learned Building an Ethical Fashion Brand

At 22, Liz Bohannon left a comfortable job at a communications agency and moved halfway across the world to make a difference. The Sseko ribbon sandal was born out of her deep-rooted passion to help bright & brave young women pursue their dreams. (And admittedly, some degree of stubborn determination!) In the 6 years that have passed since Liz’s first journey, Sseko Designs has become an internationally-known ethical fashion brand that’s enabled 60 (!!) women to attend college to-date. For Sseko, each birthday represents a pause, a moment of reflection, and a time to give thanks. (We’re still going? And [...]

By |2015-07-20T23:24:10+00:00July 20th, 2015|Life at Sseko, News, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sseko Graduate Spotlight :: Lea

A Lea Story: Lea's first hairdo after high school--which requires boys and girls alike to keep their heads closely shaved--represented a new life stage as much as her diploma. So as a new graduate, a university-bound young woman, Lea showed off new hair that twisted its way in cute curlicues around her head. Still, Lea’s not out to make any big statement. Personality-wise she exudes serenity and harmony, satisfied to work while humming to herself--hymns and year-round Christmas carols, mostly. For her a good work ethic is all about peaceful relationships, and she brings a placid, lake-like happy calm in [...]

By |2014-01-25T07:00:43+00:00January 25th, 2014|Life at Sseko, News, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sseko Graduate Spotlight :: Moreen

We’ve got our eye on Maureen---mostly because she is notorious for pulling hilarious pranks. And her impressions are rather impeccable. When asked to impersonate Liz Bohannon, she boldly took the challenge. (Who doesn’t love a girl willing to impersonate her boss to her face?) She stood up and started moving quickly around the room, giving hive fives and squeals of delight. "You’re always moving about. So quickly. Like you’re exercising everywhere you go!" She’s got jokes. But she also has a more serious side.Moreen SSEKO CLASS YEAR: 2012 After watching her older sister get pregnant and drop out of school, [...]

By |2014-01-21T07:00:41+00:00January 21st, 2014|Life at Sseko, News, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sseko Graduate Spotlight :: Mercy

During her years at Sseko, Mercy learned quite a bit about starting a business. She saw the initial design phase and continued working with Sseko for 2 more years. Mercy became a confident young woman during her time at Sseko and was an excellent support for our management as we learned the ropes of living and working in Uganda. Mercy learned the importance of teamwork during her time at Sseko. Mercy SSEKO CLASS YEAR: 2010 Mercy is currently attending Makerere University and is pursuing a course in Information Technology and Computer Science. She expects to graduate in early 2013, and [...]

By |2014-01-07T06:48:07+00:00January 7th, 2014|Life at Sseko, News, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sseko Uganda Annual Christmas Bash

‘Tis the season for the Sseko Uganda Christmas Party and a thrilling Secret Santa gift exchange! Yep, it’s that time of year again and despite the down pouring rain we keep having in the middle of dry season, it didn’t stop us from planning our annual Christmas party. Over the mud puddles and through the traffic jam, To the Sseko Christmas Party we go! Some of the ladies brought their children and our day was spent laughing, singing and dancing in each other’s company. The ladies wore their finest dresses for the occasion, which didn’t stop them from participating in [...]

By |2013-12-21T07:00:04+00:00December 21st, 2013|Life at Sseko, News, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sseko Workshop Learning’s :: Computer Training

Along with providing sustainable employment for our amazing Sseko women in Uganda, we provide a comprehensive social impact program for them, educating them on topics including budgeting and financial skills, computer training, English classes, health and first aid training. At Sseko, we believe that by creating an environment of dignity, honor, dedication and education, marginalized women in East Africa can pursue their dreams, improve their communities and make the world a more just and beautiful place. This month we ran computer training sessions for the women on topics from Computers Introduction and Internet & Email to Computer Programs (Word and [...]

By |2013-12-07T07:00:49+00:00December 7th, 2013|Life at Sseko, News, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

A Ugandan Wedding

Last week on the blog we featured Sharon’s Introduction Ceremony, and this week we’re celebrating her wedding! There’s nothing we like more around here than a good party, and what’s better than celebrating the wedding of our dear Sharon with a whole lot of singing and dancing in fancy dresses with sodas in our hands?     [ Jenifer and Matilda ] The wedding itself was not unlike the typical wedding with vows and exchanging of rings, but it did include a lot more shimmying, shaking and gospel music than normal. We loved seeing Sharon as a beautiful bride in [...]

By |2013-11-16T07:00:23+00:00November 16th, 2013|Life at Sseko, News, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

All Smiles: Sseko Fall Collection 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oXxcn-ROdM&hd=1 The Sseko Story is growing and we are thrilled to debut our 2013 Fall Collection on September 4th. Handcrafted in East Africa, the Sseko Fall Collection features leather hobo bags, scarves, wallets, clutches and our signature Sseko sandals. Every Sseko has a Story and with you we are creating stories of hope, dignity & empowerment. […]

By |2013-08-26T20:40:32+00:00August 26th, 2013|News, Sseko Style|Comments Off on All Smiles: Sseko Fall Collection 2013

Sseko Intern Introduction :: Rose

Yeesh… I’ve been Ssekos Communications and Social Media Intern for 6 months and am just now saying hello! How rude. My name is Rose. Nice to meet you, world. A few years ago, a good friend of mine told me about the Sseko sandal’s she was rocking, and little did I know that after a few years, I would be searching for a job and come across Sseko again. And then move across the world a month later to become a part of the Sseko family. I was initially drawn in by Sseko’s beautiful products and marketing, and after some [...]

By |2013-04-29T07:00:18+00:00April 29th, 2013|Life at Sseko, News, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sseko Graduate Spotlight :: Phiona

Attending: Elgon Technical SchoolStudying: Electrical EngineeringWith her long braids pulled back and her studious –looking spectacles, it is easy to see that Phiona is a researcher. And it is research that brought her to join team Sseko in the first place. She explains that while she was still in high school, she heard former Sseko women talking about the company and inquired to learn more.“You have to know what you want in life. Sseko is not a place to be idle” Phiona tells us. She became an expert at wrapping and quality checking.  And explains that wrapping occurs at the [...]

By |2012-10-22T10:00:10+00:00October 22nd, 2012|News, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

{…team sseko expansion!…}

We have an introduction to make. It is long overdue, and it is not to be taken lightly. Because this Sseko employee is not to be taken lightly. Her name is Agnes, and Sseko would be lost without her. Agnes began last September as a procurement intern. We didn’t even know we needed a procurement intern, but Aggie’s intelligence, initiative, humor, and usefulness convinced us otherwise. She made herself a permanent fixture at Sseko by proving herself to be irreplaceable and now we can’t imagine life at Sseko without her. […]

By |2011-05-05T18:00:42+00:00May 5th, 2011|News, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

{…sad news…}

first off, i want to thank every one who called, texted and emailed to check on the Sseko team after hearing about the recent bombings in Kampala. your concern and awareness shows, that to many of you, Uganda is no longer an obscure, far away land. instead, it is a place that you feel connected to. when you heard the news of devastation, there were names and faces and lives connected to that place. we rejoice in the small part that we have been able to play in connecting lives across the globe.  […]

By |2010-07-14T18:12:13+00:00July 14th, 2010|News, Uganda|0 Comments


Well. Things around Sseko HQ have been busy. and I realized that it has been a just pitiful amount of time since i last updated you, Internet. And then I realized that the last several updates I’ve done have been more about my subconscious and whimsical wanderings than actually letting you know What. Is. Up. So here is what’s up. […]

By |2010-04-08T18:49:51+00:00April 8th, 2010|Life at Sseko, News|0 Comments

{deep breath: we’re back}

Hi Friends! Lest you thought we had long forgotten all of our e-friends and family–we are back in the blogpshere! (Pause for long, but appropriate reunion hug) Like many of you, we are still trying to catch our breath from the whirlwind of the holidays–a whirlwind that we did not quite expect. […]

By |2010-01-04T14:35:19+00:00January 4th, 2010|Life at Sseko, News|0 Comments


“wait. so are you a non-profit? or a for-profit?” that’s a question i have gotten a lot. and this question serves to reinforce the common mentality about the mutual exclusivity of these two spheres. non-profits & for-profits. you do good. or you make money. and right now, that is about how it works. some companies make money. and then do some good with the profit. […]

By |2009-04-30T20:57:00+00:00April 30th, 2009|Brave Collective, News|0 Comments

{ …the lightbulb moment…}

{this is also from my time in Uganda} Alright. So, the time has come. This post has been like a little bug in my ear (which is serious symbolism when you live in Africa and often wake up to…well, bugs in your ears…) for weeks now. But this is coming from the girl, who in a single twenty-four hour period is convinced she is going to: go to law school, become a mid-wife, start an ad agency, do voice-overs for cartoons and move to Switzerland to become an ice-climbing instructor. Needless to say, I have a lot of ideas, and [...]

By |2009-04-30T20:46:00+00:00April 30th, 2009|Life at Sseko, News, Uganda|0 Comments

{…in the begining…}

{this is a post from when I was living in Uganda, when Sseko was just a glint in my eye…} Over the past year, I have spent quite a bit of time (mostly at Kaldi’s, with the occasional, and by occasional I mean daily, break for some Sparky’s Ghiradelli and red wine ice cream) thinking about for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. […]

By |2009-04-30T20:40:00+00:00April 30th, 2009|News, Uganda|0 Comments
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