Sseko Designs began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women in Uganda to continue on to university.
It all started when our founder Liz Bohannon quit her first full-time job and moved to Uganda without a plan (or money or a job, for that matter!). She met an incredible group of some of the smartest women in Uganda who tested into college but couldn’t afford to go.
Liz designed a pair of strappy sandals that have a leather base and interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in hundreds of and hired three young women to make them. Liz promised them that if they made sandals for the nine-month gap between high school and college, she would sell their sandals and they’d be able to afford college in the fall.
And it worked!
Liz didn’t stop there. After sending the first three women to college, she continued to grow Sseko into a flourishing social impact business.
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. This year, Sseko will enable our 106th woman to attend university—and we’re sending our biggest class to date this year!
Sseko hasn’t done all this through just selling sandals. The product line has grown to a wide variety of responsibly made fashionable products so you can quite literally wear Sseko from head to toe!
In addition to our college-bound team, Sseko also employs women from all walks of life. 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.
In addition to our team in Uganda, we create opportunity for women in the U.S. to earn an income and fulfill their dreams! Through the Sseko Fellows Program, we provide the resources for women across the U.S. to sell Sseko and launch their own impactful direct sales businesses. Every Fellow is paired one-to-one with a woman on our team in Uganda!
Finally, Sseko partners with existing artisan groups across the globe to produce exquisitely crafted goods. We’re currently partnering with organizations in India and Ethiopia to produce woven textiles and fine leather goods. These additional products help us contribute to our goal of growing local economies through trade and employment. In addition, the revenue generated through these lines allows us to expand our mission to educate and empower women through employment, training and scholarships.
You may have seen Sseko in magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan, on celebrities like Sophia Bush—or on ABC’s Shark Tank! We are setting a new standard for transparency and connection between you and the hands and lives and stories behind your stuff. When you wear Sseko, you’re not only sporting beautiful, stylish items that you’ll have for years to come, but you’re increasing opportunities for women to pursue their dreams and become leaders in their communities!
Wow. I love the idea of selling and helping at the same time!
Oh wow looks neat! I like the leather material. New findings for a bag, fun! 🙂
What a beautiful story! I love companies that help others and create jobs. The products are gorgeous. Congrats on your success! I want a beautiful leather bag like that! Lovely!
I like your chosen leather bag. It is stylish and the company shares their blessings!