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6.04.2010

Africa Shopping

Aren't these sandals adorable? And the best part is that they help benefit Ugandan women. I think I'm going to need to buy some of these...



Here's a little of the story behind the sandals (from their website):
Sseko \say-ko\ Designs was created to help young Ugandan women 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.
Sseko Designs is a not-just-for-profit enterprise that recognizes the power of business and responsible consumerism to support sustainable economic development, which in turn affects a country's educational, justice, and health care systems. The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda.



2 comments:

Rachel said...

oh my - those are awesome!! i want some too - should we order them together and split shipping?

Chad and Kim said...

We continue to keep you guys and the whole adoption process in our prayers... I am SO excited for you on this journey, but I can only imagine how hard it is when it gets dragged out longer than necessary! Love ya!