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Sseko

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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. The women will not make sandals forever. They will become doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers, who will bring change to their country.

Sseko is a sandal company based in Uganda, with roots in Portland, OR. When I travel to Uganda at the end May, I will carry with me supplies from Portland to deliver to the women who make the sandals in Kampala. I am excited to interact with these talented, intelligent, and determined young women.

To learn more about Sseko, and to purchase sandals, visit http://ssekodesigns.com/.

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This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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