Every sandal has a story, and the turquoise sandals I’m wearing definitely is one I want to share with all of you. Sseko Designs is a sandal company based in Uganda and they make leather sandals with interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in a variety of ways. I chose to wrap mines criss-crossing and have the ribbon tied at the back – a cute little detail.
“Sseko \say-ko\ Designs was created to help some of the brightest, most committed young women in Uganda continue their education. The Ugandan school system is designed with a nine month gap between secondary school and university. These nine months are intended to allow time for students to earn money for tuition before continuing on to university. However, in an impoverished and male dominated society, many of these young women struggle to find fair work during this time.
Sseko Designs hires recent secondary school graduates for this nine month period to live and work together, while earning money that will go directly towards their university education. These women will not make sandals forever. They will go on to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers that will bring change and unification to a country divided and ravished by a 22 year-long war.
Read their full story here.
Please take a minute to read their story and here’s a 20% off code for my readers.
Use code “Sseko30x30” at checkout, and code expires July 31, 2013.
Love, Joo Kim