Women’s History Month: Sseko Celebrates Today’s Changemakers

This month we are celebrating all the women who make the world run! From past generations who laid the foundation to future-shaping firecrackers setting the pace for the next era of female leaders, we have much to be thankful for.  Over on social media, we are highlighting some inspirational heavy-hitters who shaped history. On the blog today, we want to shout out everyday women carving out HERstory right now through leadership, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. Luvvie Ajayi A recent guest on Liz Bohannon’s Plucking Up podcast, Luvvie Ajayi is a world-renowned speaker, advocate, author, podcaster, comedian, and TEDTalker extraordinaire. Her [...]

By |2021-03-09T19:53:30+00:00March 9th, 2021|Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Meet Reyna: The Artist Behind the VITA Spring Look

This month we are so excited to have our Spring line in full bloom, but we are particularly in love with our VITA print. We want you to get to know Reyna Noriega, the illustrator behind the look and an artist with an eye for the future. Reyna’s vibrance and boldness are an eye-catching addition to any wardrobe, but her intention will give you a style really worth talking about.  About Reyna Reyna Noriega is a 27-year-old Afro-Latina author, educator, and visual artist. For her, art has always been a tool by which she could dive deeper into herself. [...]

By |2021-02-09T23:29:20+00:00February 11th, 2021|Sseko Style, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Beccause of Sseko

Over the years we’ve seen so many Fellows reach unimaginable goals with their Sseko business. We are constantly impressed and amazed by the creativity,  heart, and ambition inside this community.  This week, we are celebrating some of the stunning women who have achieved big dreams with their Sseko income. From savvy side hustlers to the fabulous full-timers, there is room for everyone in this club! But it isn’t just about the Benjamins. This group of women has also found sisterhood, sustainability, and products that go far beyond fashion.  Dignified Work for All One of our Fellows’ favorite parts about [...]

By |2020-11-16T22:18:05+00:00November 24th, 2020|Sseko Fellows, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

He for She: Celebrating Father’s Day with Stories of Supportive Guys

Dad, Daddy, Dada, Papa, Pops…. No matter what you call him, the sentiment is the same.  He’s the guy who celebrates your successes, pushes you to your potential, and cheers you on every step of the way.  Father’s Day is this Sunday and it has us thinking about dear old dad and all the other incredible men in our lives. No matter if it’s your dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, or neighbor, things wouldn’t be the same without those who offer a steadfast love, sacrifice for others, and the best cheesy jokes. We asked our Fellows to share [...]

By |2020-06-03T22:38:05+00:00June 18th, 2020|Sseko Fellows, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Meet the Sseko Scholars Class of 2020!

We are so thrilled to introduce to you the bright, young women in the Sseko Scholars Class of 2020! Sseko Scholars program Sseko Designs started in Uganda 10 years ago with a dream to use business to create community and opportunity for the brightest women in east Africa to continue their education and become leaders in their communities. Sseko's impact is not in charity work, but rather in giving great jobs and scholarships to women who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend university. Every year, some of the most academically gifted young [...]

By |2020-03-17T05:13:33+00:00March 26th, 2020|Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sseko Women Who Made History

March is #WomensHistoryMonth and it’s reserved to intentionally celebrate and highlight the contributions of women. Each year, The National Women’s History Alliance chooses a national theme and this year, they’ve chosen “Valiant Women of the Vote” in celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage of the 19th amendment.  While we are excited to celebrate this incredible time in history, we’re not without pause to recognize that our black sisters were not afforded those same voting rights that day in 1920. It was only through several decades of tireless effort (primarily lead by black women) that black women were finally [...]

By |2020-03-05T18:41:27+00:00March 5th, 2020|Life at Sseko, Sseko Fellows, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

A Conversation with Morgan Harper Nichols

Morgan Harper Nichols is a writer, artist, and musician who was gracious enough to share her talent and beauty with us by modeling in our spring collection photoshoot. The SS20 Hopefully Yours collection is a celebration of hope and resilience. When we thought about women using their platform, gifts and skills to bring hope and truth, Morgan Harper Nichols was at the top of our list! (Not to mention, we knew she’d look stunning in all things Sseko! We are so grateful to have her image and spirit representing our favorite collection yet.  We’re so honored to connect with [...]

By |2020-02-28T00:19:39+00:00February 28th, 2020|Sseko Style, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Susan’s Story

I met Susan when we were both young women embarking on BIG adventures. I was in the early years of starting and launching Sseko and Susan was graduating from high school with big dreams about university and becoming a leader in her community. I distinctly remember sitting with her on the sandal production line while she diligently learned the manufacturing process while somehow managing to ask great questions and laugh loudly as she worked. Susan’s family moved to Uganda as Rwandan refugees during the Rwandan genocide. Although Susan’s story involves trauma and heartache, when I met Susan, I immediately [...]

By |2019-12-02T20:50:17+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Interview with Sarah Dubbeldam, Founder of Darling Magazine

Sarah Dubbeldam is a total boss. As the founder of Darling Magazine, she’s put her desire to see women uplifted into action and is making real waves of impact in the world. We were thrilled to have her model The Wonder Collection for Sseko and are excited to interview her today! You wear a lot of different hats! When someone asks what you do, how do you respond? As the founder of Darling, it’s my job to make sure that our mission to uplift women in their self-esteem and mental wellness flows seamlessly through all channels [...]

By |2019-04-22T18:28:55+00:00February 28th, 2019|Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Natasha: Lifelong Entrepreneur

When I was a little girl, I loved creating beaded jewelry. I would craft for hours with my little bead kit. Any time I got allowance money, I invested it in more beads. My parents always taught me that if you wanted something, you had to work for it. Although they provided a comfortable life for me, I was not just given everything I wanted. So I would take my little creations and lay them out on a card table in front of my mom’s apartment building with a caboodle full of coins I dug out of the [...]

By |2019-02-19T22:22:49+00:00February 19th, 2019|Sseko Fellows, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sierra’s Sseko Story

Long, long ago, way back when the Fellows Program wasn't supposed to be a real thing, I found it, and made it my thing. I was in Jim Thorpe, PA with my Husband for my birthday weekend getting ready to hike our favorite place, Glen Onoko falls, and saw that there was a small festival going on around the train tracks. I immediately plastered myself to the window shouting "Look, a Fair! It's Jim Thorpe's Birthday too! Let's stop!" This might be a major indicator as to why the first brave piece I was ever gifted was Whimsy, but [...]

By |2019-02-07T19:48:20+00:00February 7th, 2019|Sseko Fellows, Women of Sseko|1 Comment

“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

Meet Sharon: Sseko Seamstress

Sharon is the leader of our ribbon sandal strap team and a talented seamstress. She is a quick-learner, diligent with all the work she’s given. She’s the type of person who makes your spirit feel happy from talking to her, and at the end of each interaction, you just want to hug her. Sharon is incredibly loving and generous to her family and friends and is a joy to have around. She’s said that “keeping quiet makes me sick,” so if you ever need a good chat, Sharon is your girl. She’s married and she and her husband just welcomed [...]

By |2018-08-08T23:29:01+00:00August 8th, 2018|Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

A Note From Sseko’s Founder on Our 9th Birthday

Sseko Designs started in Uganda with four women under a mango tree making leather sandals with interchangeable straps. Mary, Mercy, Rebecca and myself. We were impossibly naive and hopeful about the future and the impact that a single girl and pair of sandals could make in her community and our world. […]

By |2018-07-11T22:23:50+00:00July 11th, 2018|Life at Sseko, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

From Sales to Sisterhood: Karen’s Story

The mission of Sseko and what it’s doing across the globe for women, was what first drew me to the company. I volunteer for non-profits and am on the board of an anti-sex-trafficking coalition in my community, so everything Sseko is about gets me so excited! I had dabbled in direct sales in the past, so the “selling” side was familiar to me. Since I loved Sseko’s mission already, I was excited to be part of this amazing company once I heard they had opened up the opportunity to be a direct seller of beautiful Sseko products. What I didn’t [...]

By |2018-06-13T18:53:02+00:00June 13th, 2018|Sseko Fellows, Women of Sseko|1 Comment

Meet Rashidah: College-Bound Because of Sseko

Meet Rashidah, one of the bright young women working at Sseko Uganda during her gap year between high school and college. At the end of her 9-month employment at Sseko, she’ll receive a scholarship matching every dollar she’s saved. Because of this, she’ll be able to fulfill her dream of attending college! Hear from Rashidah herself… I have a humble background. My father passed away when I was very young, and I was raised by a single mother. I am the third of five children. We moved many times. My oldest brother just graduated college, the second oldest brother is [...]

By |2018-06-07T17:38:16+00:00June 7th, 2018|Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sseko’s Founder (and Mom of almost two!) Dishes Her Fave Baby Products!

Although I’ve always loved a good life hack, being a mama of a BUSY toddler (and his soon to be little brother!) has made me a FOOL for anything that can save a little time, energy or sanity. To be honest, I’ve never had a strong loyalty to a specific line of baby products. I’m more like a once I get particularly desperate I’ll run to Target while likely multitasking on a conference call and shove something that looks remotely like what I need into the cart kinda mom. WHATEVER WORKS. […]

By |2018-05-10T18:56:43+00:00May 10th, 2018|Sseko Tips, Uncategorized, Women of Sseko|1 Comment

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 [...]

Meet Gift!

Meet Gift! Gift is one of the 15 University bound team members with us for the next 9 months. We love her commitment to justice and advocacy. Get to know her and become part of the team that sends her off to University with an additional scholarship! […]

By |2017-02-10T07:30:14+00:00February 10th, 2017|Uganda, Uncategorized, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

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 [...]

Introducing the class of 2017!

January is one of our favorite months here at Sseko! We get to kick off the year by introducing you to a new team of university bound women who will work with us for 9 months while they earn an income for university and head off to school in the fall. This year we’ve welcomed 15 bright new faces into the Sseko workshop. This is the largest group we’ve ever had! We are so excited to introduce you to the Class of 2017! […]

By |2017-01-16T20:49:28+00:00January 16th, 2017|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Uncategorized, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

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

Introducing our Holiday Jewelry Collection!

We can’t keep it a secret any longer—we’re so excited to announce the launch of our first-ever holiday jewelry collection today! In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we’re taking you behind-the-scenes and sharing with you how each piece is not only handcrafted, but helps to give opportunity to the women making it! In this season of “more more more”, we invite you to join us in giving better. […]

By |2016-11-29T08:00:43+00:00November 29th, 2016|How It's Made, Sseko Style, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Design Your Dream Sandals // Team Sseko

Here at Sseko HQ, we have been gushing over all of the dream sandal possibilities, and our awesome team in Uganda is doing the same. With one week left for you to take advantage of the opportunity to design your own custom sandals through our Kickstarter, we decided we would let you take a little peek into the lives of some of our employees, and see some of the dream sandals they thought up! Adrienne: Adrienne is our community manager at Sseko HQ, right in the heart of Portland. Here is her empowering design! "My dream sandal is a sandal with [...]

By |2016-11-02T16:22:04+00:00November 2nd, 2016|Sseko Style, Uganda, Women of Sseko|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

Introducing the Sophia Bush Slide Sandal

We are excited to introduce you to our latest and greatest sandal: the Silver & Espresso Crossover Slide designed by our friend & actress Sophia Bush! This Spring, we’ve introduced four brand-new additions to our sandal line, but the Crossover Slide is the most exciting for our team because it’s our first sandal to require a shoe last in the assembly process! We’ll give you a behind-the-scenes peak at how the sandal came to be, from Sophia’s design to the final production… […]

By |2016-02-22T06:00:11+00:00February 22nd, 2016|How It's Made, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sophia Bush Introduces our Travel Collection

We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Sophia Bush to introduce you to our new Travel Collection! This summer, we had the opportunity to host this actress and activist at the Sseko workshop in Uganda. A long-time advocate of both educational rights for girls and conscious consumerism, we knew from the get-go that Sophia was a Sseko-spirit. With a style that is eclectic and impossibly chic, she embodies everything we envisioned when we designed this newest collection: wanderlust, class, fearlessness…and as always, a little bit of Sseko sass! Here’s a peek behind-the-scenes at the design of our newest collection [...]

By |2015-10-07T00:56:34+00:00October 7th, 2015|Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

A Brave Adventure: Josephine’s Uganda Boat Trip

This fall, as we ask you to seek the unfamiliar, it’s only fair that we ask the same of ourselves, both in the U.S. and in Uganda. For Josephine, this meant overcoming her fear of the water in exchange for an exhilarating new experience: a Uganda boat trip on Lake Victoria! Despite the fact that Uganda is a land full of water, from the mighty Nile to Lake Victoria to the smooth, calm pools of mountain craters- most Ugandans don’t know how to swim. Two years ago, when Josephine heard of a few American visitors spending the day touring Lake Victoria [...]

By |2015-09-27T07:54:25+00:00September 27th, 2015|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

A Sseko Graduation Party

Time for another Sseko Graduation celebration! This year’s class of THIRTEEN University-Bound ladies graduated last week, and though we’re always excited about their futures, we’re definitely sad to see them go. These ladies jumped into a busy work schedule on their very first day and haven’t slowed down since, finishing up a last minute batch of samples before sitting down for an afternoon of speeches, cake, and celebration. […]

By |2015-08-07T00:51:16+00:00August 7th, 2015|Uganda, Women of Sseko|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

New Mothers at Sseko

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 to be a mother. Phoebe loves to watch her son when he is playing and laughing, throwing his arms and legs into the air in excitement. She hopes that Israel will grow up to be a preacher, no matter what he decides to study. Our [...]

By |2015-04-20T07:40:05+00:00April 20th, 2015|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Favorite Jobs

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 we’re less focused on individual teams and more on Sseko as a whole. The women have learned to be flexible because some days our talented seamstresses find themselves assembling leather sandal straps, or our most expert beaders head over to the other side of the [...]

By |2015-03-19T16:17:28+00:00March 19th, 2015|How It's Made, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Can I Visit the Workshop?

"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, please let us know! We'd love to show you our workshop and introduce you to the ladies in person. A typical visit involves a tour of each of the stations to see how the sandals are made, and time to interact with the women and [...]

By |2015-02-23T22:18:30+00:00February 23rd, 2015|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Uncategorized, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Welcoming the Class of 2015

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 enter adulthood. This January, instead of simply announcing the names of the mentors, we decided to have a little fun. Each girl found her name attached to a bright skein of yarn. And each skein of yarn led them into a colorful tangled maze that [...]

By |2015-01-27T19:04:55+00:00January 27th, 2015|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Uncategorized, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Graduate Update: Sophia

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 to everyone that the voting could happen without hearing from any of the candidates. Sofia wasn't satisfied with judging leaders on charm alone, and voiced her opinion- that before voting happened, they should, at the very least, hear a speech from the hopeful candidates. Sofia [...]

By |2015-01-04T10:48:43+00:00January 4th, 2015|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Graduate Update: Loy

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 woman who smiles widely in photos, but we can only hope to have played a small part in it. The serious faced camera-shy girl is nowhere to be seen, these days. Loy is just finishing up her first semester at Kyambogo University, where she studies [...]

By |2014-12-27T08:45:44+00:00December 27th, 2014|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Graduate Update: Sharon

Sharon attends Kyambogo University, where she rooms with Sofia and Loy. A few weeks ago, over a meal of roasted pork skewers and sodas, we all sat down together to catch up and talk about the ups and downs of college life. Sharon is quick to cite money- it's expensive to pay for books, housing, food, and all of the other experiences that come from living on her own. Her favorite part, though, is the freedom. Her days are her own, and she truly enjoys choosing how to spend her time. Freedom, though, is not without it's obligations. Most college [...]

By |2014-12-12T00:39:24+00:00December 12th, 2014|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko|1 Comment

Graduate Update: Stella

After just a few weeks, Stella is already quite at home on the campus of Kisubi Brothers University, where she and Hadijja have both earned full-ride scholarships. A quiet campus near Lake Victoria, the students have access to the beautiful grounds of the school, as well as a private beach. […]

By |2014-12-02T17:20:00+00:00December 2nd, 2014|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Sharon’s Daughter

“I’m a mother now!” Those were Sharon’s first words when she brought her new daughter, Given Blessing, to visit her Sseko co-workers last week. Sharon always glows with a certain joy, but her face is definitely a little brighter now, especially when she speaks of her baby. […]

By |2014-11-03T16:52:36+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments

Graduate Update: Hadijja

Last week, we visited Kisubi Brothers University to catch up with Hadijja. It’s only been a few weeks since classes started, but she’s already loving her new environment. She explains that it’s so calm and quiet- she can really focus on her studies. Hadijja is planning to be a teacher in math and physics, and since those are also her favorite subjects, she’s loving her classes. […]

By |2014-10-22T23:15:38+00:00October 22nd, 2014|Life at Sseko, Uganda, Women of Sseko|0 Comments
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