Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sseko Designs

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Did you celebrate at all?

I didn’t. Well, unless you count the piece of *peanut-butter chocolate pie that I’m about to eat. J (In case you haven’t noticed I have a wicked sweet tooth. Again – not very conducive to the diet!)

Random thought of the day: Do you know how bad I need a manicure and pedicure? This bad (and sorry if you hate feet)! But here’s my story – I love wearing sparkly nail polish…but I HATE taking it off. Sparkles EVERYWHERE! EVERYWHERE!!!!

So I have been putting the whole – taking-my-toe-nail-polish-off thing off for some time now. And part of it was because my finger nails looked pretty for about a week + and I was pretty proud of that accomplishment.

I’m just lucky that it isn’t sandal season. How embarrassing is that!? Sorry – I’m weird about my toe nails looking pretty. I think it’s to make up for my mom telling me that I have ugly feet. And that I run like a girl….oh wait – that’s irrelevant. HA!
*The color isn't that great - but there are tons of sparkles in the polish.
I need more sunshine in my life! 
Want an amusing story tonight?

Well, the boyfriend and I (now hubby) were in Universal Studios not long after we started dating. And like all good episodes of the Bachelor (right!) it started to pour on us.  It could have been a long and uncomfortable day, but like any good girlfriend would do – I decided to jump in the puddles.

And then we were both jumping in puddles.

And we were getting a lot of funny looks – but who cares? It’s Florida, it’s warm, and most importantly – it’s fun!!!

And then he decided to put on my sandals. I think that was prompted by me complaining that my flip flops were uncomfortable and that I wanted to wear his instead.

So he kindly switched with me – not a good look though! J

I found this to be hysterical apparently!

Is anyone else just about ready for summer and sandals? I am – well, after that pedicure!

And I will be after I get a pair of the Sseko sandals. http://www.ssekodesigns.com/


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.”

Sseko Designs makes fantastic sandals that have inter-changeable straps in multiple colors that you can tie in so many different ways. http://shop.ssekodesigns.com/home.php?cat=249
Sseko Designs - Silver Precious Metal Sandal - "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."  Sseko Designs - Black Sandal - "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."
Sseko Designs - The Be Mine Strap Collection - "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."
Sseko Designs - Green Sandal - "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."  Sseko Designs - Marigold Sandal - "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."

There is also a wedding line for the brides-to-be and her wedding party! 
Sseko Designs - Ivory Champagne Wedding Sandals - "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."  Sseko Designs - Gold Champagne Sandals - "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."  

By now you know that there is a story behind the companies that I choose to feature. This one is by far no exception. I love what they do!

Sseko \say-ko\ Designs was created to help 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.”

I could take up a ton of your time to tell you about this wonderful story and company, but I ask that you take a look at Liz’s story about how Sseko Designs started and where her amazing vision came from. http://www.ssekodesigns.com/love-liz/

Here is just a snippet of her story:
“I went to Uganda on somewhat of a whim when I graduated from college in 2008. Over the past several years, my passion towards global issues, specifically poverty and womens' rights, had been growing. Yet, I had never experienced the effects of extreme poverty first-hand….”

“I went to learn. To understand. To be changed. To break. And to grow.

So I went. And while I was there…

I changed. I broke. And I grew. And I began to understand….”

“I had entered into a community in a world of brokenness and despair, where there was so much hope and success. I was just a small part of a simple solution.”

When you are planning your summer purchases, please add these amazing sandals to your list! “Every sandal has a story.” 
Sseko Designs - "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."

*The pie looked a lot better than it really was - a bit disappointing. :(

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