Sseko was started to enable high potential, talented young women in Uganda to continue on to university. These young women work for Sseko in the nine-month gap between secondary school and university, saving part of their income for university. They receive life skills training, are paired with professional mentors and get valuable formal work experience. At the end of their term, Sseko matches their savings 300%. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko has gone on to pursue higher education and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place.
In addition to our university-bound team, Sseko hires full-time staff primarily from non-profit partners. These women come from all walks of life and face a challenging job market. Sseko is bridging the gap. By creating an environment of dignity, honor, and dedication, Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.
Current impact of our Sales:
For every $100,000 in sales, we are able to employ
at least 2 full-time employees and provide 1 university-bound scholarship.
Future impact of our Recruiting:
For every 20 Fellows who join this year, we are able to employ
at least 2 full-time employees and provide 1 additional scholarship next year.
together in 2021:
We will fund
58 university scholarships for female scholars
We partner with
artisans in Uganda, Ethiopia, Peru, India and Southeast Asia
community and flexible income for over 1,200 Sseko Fellows across the U.S.
We = the university-bound production team, veteran production team, global production partners, Sseko Fellows, and your friends at HQ!
in 2020 we fully funded
35 university scholarships
for female scholars in Ethiopia and Uganda
currently 69 Sseko scholars have graduated from university
66% of sseko scholarship recipients are in stem fields.
Fair-wage, formal employment that pays above market.
126 dependents are directly supported by Sseko employees.
Sseko Has a
All of Our Employees Receive:
of Paid Maternity Leave with Health Insurance
days of paid time off + 10 public holidays
2 × 1 retirement savings match
We are a member of the Fair Trade Federation
16 educational classes
Including budgeting, family planning, mentoring, public speaking, interview skills, gender equality, first aid, and computers.
Of Our Staff’s Children
Are in School
Meals Have Been Served
at Our Workshop
We Bring Our Impact Full Circle Through the Sseko Fellows.
We enable Impact Entrepreneurs to join Sseko’s story while creating their own social enterprise! Sseko Fellows are a community of women who are taking giant leaps and small steps towards using their talents to make an impact felt across the world. Through their Sseko businesses, they are able to create opportunity for themselves, their families AND their community around the world.