Monday, July 5, 2010

Our FAVORITE Summer Sandals.

We've officially fallen in love... with a sandal that's literally changing lives. That's why we're so excited to team up with Sseko Designs to release our very own One Mango Tree Sseko Sandals! We're releasing FOUR limited-edition colors for you to choose from!

We don't want to spare you any of the goodness:

WHAT ARE SSEKOS? Ssekos are sandals produced by a group of beautiful, intelligent young women in central Uganda that have graduated secondary school and want to continue their education into college/university. When you purchase this sandal, you're directly helping to fund and empower these ladies to become successful lawyers, doctors, and professionals. You are planting a seed. The sandals themselves are incredibly easy and the best part is that you're fully capable of creating your own, unique sandal by tying, twisting, and looping the fabric in different ways. Don't worry! We'll feature some upcoming posts with cute, creative ways to tie your Ssekos.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? In Uganda's impoverished and male dominated society, to see a woman attend university is a beautiful rarity. Over the past decade, with rising school fees and cultural roles encouraging women to return home to take care of the family, few girls can afford the time or fees to attend university. 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. Many of these young women struggle to find fair work during this time. Sseko 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 sandals are paving a future for these bright girls.

WHO ARE THE WOMEN THAT MAKE THESE SANDALS? Edna, Mercy, Betty, Harriet, Teddy, Robinah, Teopista: I had the opportunity to spend a day with these ladies and I was absolutely taken aback by the diversity and beauty of these women. You're welcome to learn more about each of them on Sseko's website.

See more of the sandals that are changing lives in our ONLINE STORE.

1 comment:

tabby said...

the sandals look great. is the leather cruelty free?


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