Day 21 and 22: Sseko Shoes Giveaway!

by Cathy on December 16, 2010 · 22 comments

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Liz and Ben Bohannon are commanding your toes to rejoice. (Yes, that IS their company motto!) Why, you may ask? Because now your toes can be clothed in adorable sandals the Kansas City couple design and market to help raise money to send impoverished Ugandan girls to university. But this isn’t about handouts.

Liz fell in love with the Cornerstone community in Uganda and started a company to raise university funds for them.

Liz and Ben’s company, Sseko (Say-co) Designs, hires these young women for a nine month period between secondary school and university, to live and work together creating the sandals. The money they earn goes toward a university education at Cornerstone Leadership Academy. Three young women — Mary, Mercy and Rebecca — have already earned enough to attend university, with other women soon to follow. The hope is that these educated women will then become leaders who will help bring transformation in their war-torn country.

Liz shares her experience that led to the company:

“During my time in Uganda (on a trip following college), I came across an incredible community called Cornerstone. And in that community there was an incredible group of young women. They were mostly my age.  They became friends.  The commitment of these young women blew me away. I was consistently challenged by the fact that these women saw their education as a gift. They were not only committed to learning their subjects,  but also so committed to learning how to love well. To love each other. To reconcile their lives. To lead their countries.

Cute sandals just like these help change the lives of women in Uganda.

When I came to learn that many of these incredible young women were struggling to find work to finance their university education, Sseko was born.  It seemed so simple. I designed a sandal that I thought was really beautiful.  I was just a small part of a simple solution. Some of these young women are from villages that have never seen one of their own women continue on to university.  All they needed was an opportunity to succeed and earn and save. To work in a place that was dignified and honoring. We make beautiful things. We laugh and we love and we dance and we learn. And every nine months, we let go and we send these incredible women off to pursue dreams of their own.

Although consumerism makes many empty promises, responsible and proactive consumerism has the ability to change lives. Like the lives of Mercy, Mary and Rebbecca.”

And did I mention that Sseko Designs is giving away a $42 gift certificate for Sseko shoes? Here’s how you register for the giveaway: First, go to the Sseko Designs Facebook page and click on “like.” Then go to their website to see all their cute shoe designs. Finally, leave a comment on my blog telling me your favorite Sseko straps. Registration for this giveaway ends 12/22 and we will post the winner’s name on 12/23.

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Andrea December 16, 2010 at 1:05 am

I can’t seem to find their facebook page. Do you have a link?

Lindsay December 16, 2010 at 1:59 am

I liked Sseko on fb! The Azalia straps are really cool!

KIMBERLEY MEIER December 16, 2010 at 7:09 am

I like the black sandals! I also like Sseco on Facebook.

Kim Meier
kimberleymeier@rocketmail.com

KIMBERLEY MEIER December 16, 2010 at 7:09 am

I like the black sandals! I also like Sseco on Facebook.

Kim Meier
kimberleymeier@rocketmail.com

Lorrie December 16, 2010 at 8:07 am

I liked Sseko on facebook.

I like the black straps.

Marlowe December 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I like Sseko on facebook! and I love their Teal Straps!

Briann Neeley December 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

i love the black sandals and the leather strap ones

Jessica December 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I like Sseko on FB. My favorite straps are the Starboard.

Sarah December 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

i like sseko on FB and i love the azalea straps! what i wonderful company!

Kate Strycker December 21, 2010 at 5:59 am

I also like on fb, and also I like the Teal Straps!

Kimberly Shay December 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Liked on FB. I like the black straps.

sara December 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I love sseko! like the azalia straps, but really want to get some leather ones too. :)

Angela Winesburg December 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Liked on FB (AngelaWinesburg) I love the Teal Sandals

Veronica L. December 22, 2010 at 2:19 am

I like on FB (Veronica Lusted) and I absolutely LOVE their Brown Sandals. Thanks :)

Raven In A Blue Room December 22, 2010 at 6:56 am

I like Sseko Designs on facebook (Louis Here)
I like the Black Straps best

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

kai December 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm

love the black straps
and liked them on FB

Tracey Byram December 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I like Sseko Designs on FB-tracey Byram. I like the brown leather straps.

susanmeep December 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm

the leather straps are great, I like them on facebook susan s
suelee1998 @ gmail.com

susan smoaks December 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

i like them on facebook tony l smoaks, my favorite straps are the green straps!

julie jones December 22, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I like the black strap sandals
I like Sseko on FB

Joy F December 23, 2010 at 2:09 am

I like on facebook. Leather Straps is my favorite. Thanks.

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