Sseko (say-ko) Designs recently contacted me, shared a little about what they do, and asked me if I wanted to get involved. Because this is such an awesome cause, I am happy to share their company with you and why it resonates with me!
Sseko is based in Uganda and sells adorable sandals and handbags in order to help women fulfill their educational and occupational dreams. During the obligatory 9 month gap between secondary schooling and university, Ugandans are expected to become employed and save money for their college education; however, jobs for women are difficult to come by, so Sseko stepped in and created opportunities for women to work by creating the products they sell on their website. They also teach the women financial responsibility by setting aside 50% of their income for tuition to ensure it is spent on their education. This system has been extremely effective and is helping women pursue their dreams!
Sseko fully supports womenâ€™s desires to choose their own path and does everything they can to help these women achieve their goals. They recently came out with the White Arrow Clutch Collection, a collection of African-made genuine leather and canvas clutches, and dedicated it to the Sseko Class of 2012. To celebrate their new college adventures, they are featuring these graduates on their blog, and encouraging their fans to share how they are following their dreams! For example, take Teddy, a young woman whose father died when she was in 5th grade from a respiratory illness. The cause of his death was easily curable, but due to the lack of doctorâ€™s in her village, he passed away. This is when her dream of going to medical school began. Because of Sseko, she learned money management and was able to save for her tuition!
Although my circumstances are completely different, I am proud to say that Iâ€™ve taken my own path in life as well. After working hard in high school to get into the University of Michigan, I started to have doubts that attending university was really for me. After one year there, I realized that hair styling was what I really wanted to do, and made the decision to attend cosmetology school instead. This was questionable, considering that a college education is expected in the United States. Making the choice to go to cosmetology school seemed like a foolish move, but I had to do what was right for me.
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This isnâ€™t the only decision Iâ€™ve made that has raised eyebrows. I met Kai when I was almost 19 and our relationship quickly developed. We were engaged ten months later, and married another ten months after that, when I was just 20 years old. I knew many disapproved of this due to the fact that we hadnâ€™t dated very long and because of my young age, but it was the right choice for us and I am so glad we didnâ€™t listen to othersâ€™ opinions.
Other ways Kai and I have chosen our own paths include starting a photography business, moving my hair business to our home, and following my passion for style by creating Sidewalk Ready. We feel so accomplished and proud of everything we have achieved in our lives separately and together. From my experience, no dream is foolish, and I fully support anyone who works hard and takes chances in order to achieve their own personal goals.
Thank you to Sseko for reaching out and sharing your inspiring company and goals with me! Donâ€™t forget to check out the White Arrow Clutch Collection by clicking on the image below, and you can read more inspiring stories from Sseko graduates here.
How have you chosen your own path?