Monday, July 18, 2011

Sseko Sandals and a Chance to Win


Guest post by Cameron Crake.
Cameron Crake is the beautiful, brown-haired American in the back row.  
Cameron spent a lot of time at our house when she was in college at Texas A&M.  
Love this girl, and I'm incredibly proud of the work that 
she and Liz (the blonde-haired owner) do at Sseko.  
Aren't all these women lovely?

“Where does my stuff come from?” This was a question that I hadn’t really considered until about two
years ago… I would read the labels every once in a while and see the “Made in China” or “Hecho en
Mexico” label on my newly purchased items, but I never stopped to think about what the life of the
person who made my stuff was like.

Until I did…. And then I couldn’t stop thinking about it... My head was constantly swarming with
questions like: What are their working conditions like? Do they have kids? What are their hopes and
dreams for the future? Do they even enjoy what they do? These questions plagued me because I
realized that I didn’t know where most of the things in my closet come from... So I started seeking some
answers and trying to find a better way.



Around that time I started interning with Sseko Designs- a “not-just-for-profit” company that gave me
a glimmer of hope. Sseko sells leather sandals that are handmade by Ugandan women who recently
graduated from secondary school, and aspire to go on to attend university. By working with Sseko,
these young ladies are able to earn money for their tuition and receive an education that is not often a
possibility for a young girl growing up in a war-torn and male-dominated country.

When I first starting working with Sseko, I would speak at promotional events about Harriet, Betty, and
Mercy…. These girls who were halfway across the world, making the shoes that were on my feet, and
going to university because of it.


But now I know them.

Ten days after graduating from college, I moved to Kampala Uganda to work full-time with Sseko
Designs. It’s been over a year now, and it has been an incredible experience to see up close the way that
a company like Sseko changes the lives of its employees.


Of course there is the most obvious change that takes place through employment with Sseko…. For our
university-bound girls, that means making their educational dreams a reality. It means that Susan can
become a teacher, and Betty can become a surgeon, and Lea can become a social worker.

But Sseko also cares about the well-being of its employees down to the day to day stuff... In fact, one
of my favorite parts of my job has been establishing programs for the personal development of our
women: health seminars, personal finance plans, typing lessons…. I get to sit down across from a woman
and hear about how she wants to not only fund her own university education, but also help pay for her
younger siblings school fees… I get to watch a woman turn on the computer for the first time in her life,
and explain to her how a mouse works and where you place your fingers when you type…. I get to listen
in as a health care worker teaches our women about the importance of hygiene and clean water.

What I’ve seen in this company is a deep, deep love for the women that it employs.


So when you buy a pair of Ssekos, you’re not just getting a fabulous sandal.  Your purchase is going so
much further than that. It’s going toward opportunity, dignity, education, empowerment, and love for a
handful of women in Uganda.

You can purchase a pair of Ssekos online OR you can participate in a little raffle we have arranged for
Heather’s readers!




{{Win a Free Pair of Ssekos}}


Here’s the deal: You write a blog about Sseko, tag us in a Facebook status, or tweet about us within the
next week… and then you report back to let us know what you did through a comment on Heather’s
blog. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win a FREE pair of Ssekos! Tagging us in a Facebook
status counts as one entry, tweeting is also one, and writing a blog will count as five entries. One week
from today, we’ll announce the winner. So let the games begin!

From Heather...

 This is how my Ssekos are tied right this very minute.

One of my favorite things about Sseko sandals is that it feels as though you get several pairs of shoes from just one purchase.  Not only can you buy different colored straps and change them out in your sandals, you can also tie your shoes in many, creative, unique styles.  Go check out all the ways you can style your Ssekos.  I can't decide which one I love most.

Other posts in this series:

Caring for the Poor While Living in the Good ol' U-S of A?

Who Are the Poor?

Looking for the Poor 

Hi, My Name is Heather and I'm a Modern Day Slave Owner

Helpful Links

Barn Burning 

First, The Purging 

The Better World Shopping Guide 

More Really Great Shopping Resources 

Running Hard After Redemption

101 comments:

The Perry's said...

It's on my blog and facebook as well....count me in! What a great company...I would spread the word without a giveaway!

Gwenn Mangine said...

On my blog, HERE:
http://www.mangine.org/2011/07/shamless-self-serving-post-but-
for-good.html

(Some cool pics from Sseko's in my friend Pam's wedding.)

Also, posted it on FB... hope they get lots of business from your post!

Jana said...

I love my Sseko sandals!! They are so comfy and look so cute. I love being able to tell the story whenever anyone ask about them. I hope this helps them grow and grow!

Annette Franklin said...

posted on facebook! Wish I had a blog and a twitter so I could enter taht way too!!

Bekah said...

LOVE it. Wrote a blog about it. http://moseradventures.blogspot.com/2011/07/sseko-sandals.html

Ashley said...

I am posting a blog post about it on 7/19/11, and it's on my facebook! What an awesome business! I'm going to look online right now and pick out a pair to ask for my birthday!

Jennifer Hanson said...

These are amazing!! I just liked and linked to you guys on facebook. Would love to win a second pair (as I can't help but order my first pair today). I just got back from my second trip to Uganda (in March)- I love those people and that country so much!

shelli said...

Wow, these look like great shoes! I really want to get a pair! Or maybe I will win a pair :) I linked on my FB!

Courtney said...

Love these shoes and their mission! Wrote a blog here: http://addingastons.blogspot.com/2011/07/have-you-heard.html. Also posting on facebook!

Ashlee said...

I tweeted, facebooked and blogged:

Thanks for the great post(http://nuestiesnews.blogspot.com/2011/07/getting-involved.html), will order me a pair on my next trip home from Haiti!

Bridgette said...

Facebooked it.
Blogged it.

www.bridgettevictoria.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

I shared on my blog at www.runningforhim.com and I tagged Sseko on Facebook. Love this company!

Kelsey said...

I posted on Twitter and Facebook! I love my ssekos and love telling the story behind them...they're not just another pair of shoes. Such an amazing organization!

Caitlin said...

What adorable sandals! The story behind them is even better. :) I shared it on FB.

Samantha said...

Beautiful! I shared on facebook!

Stephanie Thompson said...

What a cool business! Just posted on my facebook. God bless!

Alison said...

=) Love that organization. I tweeted and Facebooked. I also pinned it, if that counts for anything haha.

Rachel said...

I am totally doing that braiding thong sandal tie to my Ssekos!! But here's my {first world} problem: which of my straps should I use?!? :)

I'm pretty sure every time I wear my Ssekos, someone comments on them (positively), which gives me a great opportunity to share about this business. I highly recommend purchasing them to everyone who doesn't win the free pair! They make wonderful gifts, too!

Emily said...

I posted a link on Facebook. I've had these on my Christmas and birthday lists for the past couple of years. Eventually I'm going to have to break down and buy a pair!

stephanie @ Simple Things said...

I've tweeted it!

http://twitter.com/#!/stephanieshep/status/93277012919205888

mandi said...

Oh! i like your braided style, I have to try that with mine.
Love the heart of this company!

Britney said...

I LOVE what this company/organization is doing. Love it. I have tweeted and put a link on Facebook.

Lindsey said...

I posted on facebook and my blog is www.joeandlins.blogspot.com :)I LOVE these shoes!!!!! and love who they support!!!!

William & Lucy said...

Hi, I posted about Sseko on my blog (http://northfamilymovingco.blogspot.com) and on my FB page...I hope they get flooded with orders from this! Thanks for doing it!

Sarah D. said...

I blogged about sseko sandals here and would love to share the love with a friend! http://sarahdyess.squarespace.com/blog/2011/7/19/art-in-real-life-sseko-sandals.html

Sarah D. said...

I tweeted about it!

Sarah D. said...

I facebooked about it.

Kirsten G. said...

I've been admiring these sandals via your blog for a LONG time. Mine just arrived in the mail on Saturday...absolutely love 'em!

Shared on Facebook today. Hope many more smart women will benefit from their great work.

Oh and Heather, you don't know me, but my heart has been captivated by Haiti. Thanks for allowing others to experience God's love & grace through your words.

debra said...

i blogged it.
i tweeted it.
i facebooked it.

Anne Dye said...

These sandals... I NEED them. Okay need is a bit too strong, but I really do love what this company is doing! Anywayz, I
Facebooked
and
Tweeted them.
Now I cross my fingers and wait!

Mary said...

It was my privilege to share this on my facebook page. What an awesome company!

Rebecca said...

Very cool! I just posted a link on Facebook.

Rebecca said...

I just posted a blog about it here http://hapeshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/07/shoes.html.

:)

SarahBeth said...

I have a pair of these sandals that I ordered after seeing the link on your blog. I love them SO much! I have posted on facebook about them several times actually. I just shared again though, because maybe someone new will check them out! And, hey, I would love to win a pair as a gift for my sister who has been eying mine.

Tabitha Krauss said...

I put it on facebook. I do not blog, but I forwarded it to another blog that stalk daily.

EBM said...

i love these sandals! i blogged about them today, posted it on Facebook, and tweeted it!

http://fightingsuperwoman.blogspot.com/2011/07/new-shoes-on-tonight.html

thanks for the great posts about smart consumerism! love your blog

Britney said...

Just posted about Sseko on my blog. http://britneylsmith.blogspot.com/2011/07/sseko-sandals-i-want-some.html

Anonymous said...

I LOVE my Sseko's! I found the link on your blog a couple months ago and bought a pair the night I found the link! I wear them all the time! I love to share the story of where they come ( seen as everyone wants to know wear I got them from! :) ) I have passed the word along and know others that have bought them! Thanks for posting the links!
-Cassie

Cossette said...

It's on my blog now too! they _are_ neat shoes!
http://theravenslanding.blogspot.com/2011/07/shoes-for-cause.html

Ruth J. said...

I became a fan on facebook!

stephanie @ Simple Things said...

I've liked them on Facebook!

Emily and Justin said...

I liked Sseko on facebook!

natashagoes said...

These are gorgeous! I am definitely hoping to get a pair.

natashagoes said...

I liked 'em on facebook and blogged about them this week too.

Samantha said...

I liked them on FB! :)

Ashley said...

I posted earlier (I put it on my blog and facebook), but I just read your new entry and liked them on facebook as well! :0)

Rebecca McDonald said...

Thanks for the link Heather. These are great and what a great story behind the brand.

Haley said...

I blogged about it and I like them on facebook!

Britney said...

I liked Sseko Designs on Facebook a couple of days ago. I'm excited about this giveaway!

William & Lucy said...

I also "liked" Sseko on FB!

shannonmichaelis said...

These are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Bishop Bunch said...

I like them, and my FB buddies know :)

Jamie S said...

Fun!! I have wanted a pair of these for some time!! But haven't scraped together the $$. I posted about Sseko on my fb status, liked sseko on fb, tweeted about the giveaway and blogged about it too! : )

Meggers said...

I liked on Facebook, I will blog on my blog,and I will write a note on Facbeook. :) This company warms my heart.

Bekah said...

Liked them on Facebook. Hope to be loving them on my feet someday soon.

Jennifer Hanson said...

Liked on Facebook!

Grain d'Espoir pour Haiti, Inc. said...

Posted it on Facebook and liked them on Facebook...I am in love with these sandals and wish I had them to wear right now! I will buy them even if i don't win :) Thanks for sharing!

The Fire Wife said...

Tweeted! Super cool sandals!

Our Beautiful Life said...

what what! Tagged Sseko in a status. Need a pair of sandals - either way I'll be a winner when I order a pair :) Can they start making shoes for the winter?

Martin Gartland said...

Liked Sseko on facebook

Falyn & Joyanne said...

Posted status on FB and...
my Blog
here:
http://kfvinson.blogspot.com/2011/07/every-sandal-has-story.html
Can't believe I almost missed these GORGEOUS story-tell'n sandals! L.O.V.E!

Falyn & Joyanne said...

I also became a Sseko fan on FB...I "LIKE":)

Chrissy said...

Tweeted it and posted a blog about it for 7/23! Will Facebook post on that day too...

Yay! I loved Uganda when I was there. :)

Karen said...

"liked" Sseko on FB. I love the concept of this company.

Diana said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I like them on facebook! I shared the giveaway on facebook. I tweeted it. I blogged about it here: http://pookaville.net/?p=945

HSchoegler said...

These sandals are wonderful and Sseko is inspiring! Thank you for sharing them with us!
I:
- wrote a blog post here: http://hschoegler.tumblr.com/post/7912946191/inspired-to-serve-by-a-sandal
- Liked them on Facebook
- Linked to them in a Facebook post
- Tweet scheduled for the morning with a mention of them (from @HSchoegler)

jennie lynn said...

I liked Sseko on Facebook!! Love them!!

Abby said...

I blogged about it and put it on the Twitter. Seriously love these awesome sandals.

Anna said...

I shared a link on my FB wall.

Anna said...

I am a brank-spankin'-new FB fan of Sseko Designs.

Cristina said...

So excited to find these!!! Posted on FB... so inspiring and awesome!!! Thank you!!

The Combes Family said...

Just "liked" Sseko Sandals on face book. I'm in love with these sandals....

Jessica said...

I'm so excited to find out about Sseko and can't wait to get my first pair. As a wedding cake baker/decorator, I will also be letting all my brides know about the super trendy wedding designs! I linked Sseko on my FB page.

Jessica Rudder said...

Those are really cool sandals! I'll definitely keep them in mind when I'm ready for my next shoe purchase. It's always great when you know where your clothing comes from - even greater when you can know that it comes from a company that cares so much about helping their employees.

I posted about Sseko on Facebook (Jessica Fields Rudder).

I also liked Sseko on Facebook.

I'm working on a blog entry, but, that's not ready yet. I'll comment again when I get it published.

Best,
Jessica

jadenyu at yahoo dot com

Rachel said...

I posted on Facebook. I tweeted on Twitter. And, I "liked" Sseko on Facebook. =)

Jessica said...

I wrote a blog about SSeko Sandals! What an awesome organization! Thanks for the opportunity to win a pair!
http://teachergonecrafty.blogspot.com/2011/07/do-something-sseko-sandals.html

Jessica said...

I also posted about Sseko sandals on facebook! Thanks again!

Grace said...

Love these sandals - love their story even more. Thanks for the opportunity to win a pair, but I'll be buying these for sure either way...just tweeted about it! Thanks for sharing!

Grace said...

Liked them on FB!

Grace said...

...annnnd tagged them in a FB status!

Anonymous said...

Tagged Sseko sandals in my facebook status and liked them on facebook!

Crystal M.

Melissa Mae said...

I'd love to try the Sseko sandals! Liked 'em on FB!

annadanger said...

LOVE SSEKOS!!

1) Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/annacdanger

2) And posted a status on my facebook!!

Fingers crossed. :-)

annadanger said...

I "liked" them, too!

debra said...

liked them on fb!!

Jeremy and Kathy said...

I linked on facebook and liked Sseko Designs on facebook. What a great company!

Ashley said...

I "liked" them on Facebook. What an awesome story AND shoe!

jamie said...

Whoops - I just realized that it's Monday. I first learned about Ssekos thanks to the button on your blog, and my husband gave me a pair for my birthday - I love them! I've been wearing them to church and sharing about Sseko when people say something, and just now tagged SsekoDesigns on facebook and twitter, and also blogged about them: http://mybandofboys.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/my-new-sandals/

Kalliemack said...

FBed this giveaway…

Kallie Henley
Sseko sandal giveaway… http://allthingshendrick.blogs​pot.com/2011/07/sseko-sandals-​and-chance-to-win.html

Sit a Spell: Sseko Sandals and a Chance to Win
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It's on my blog and facebook as well....count me in! What a great company...I would spread the word without a giveaway!
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Jennifer Landress said...

Liked Sseko's on facebook:)

Samantha Kendrick said...

Liked Sseko's on FB... Love this look!

Grace said...

Just posted about Sseko here: http://bit.ly/nLkNoe - thanks again!!

Grace said...

I also pinned them on Pinterest - not sure if that counts or not ;)

Michelle said...

Love the beautiful idea of these sandals. I "liked" their page on facebook. Would LOVE to own some of these!

Cristina said...

Forgot to mention (in addition to my status update) last week that I "liked" them on FB too!! Thanks so much

Katie said...

I just wrote a blog about Ssekos!

http://www.benandkatieinhaiti.com/2011/08/sseko.html

Katie

Misty said...

I just found your blog, we are in the process of adopting from Uganda!! I'm so glad to have found this company to start supporting!

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Felicity said...

I posted about it on my blog here:

http://spontaneous-decisions.blogspot.com/2012/05/sseko-sandals.html

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