Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Story of my Sandals

I have a new pair of sandals that I love. They come in parts, and can be tied up in many different ways. I discovered these sandals through a link that somebody pinned on Pinterest.com, and fell in love with the concept. These are the sandal bases and the straps that a group of us ordered, they arrived this past Friday!

The idea is awesome: you buy a pair of sandal bases in your size, and then you choose 1 pair of straps for your sandals. Before checking out, you can add more straps to your order for $8-$13 each, making your sandals extremely versatile for summer fashion! Each base has 5 loops, and there are almost countless ways of tying up your sandals. When I first tried mine on, I went to the website to learn how to do it the 'proper' way. However, within 5 minutes I was already inventing my own ways to wear the sandals!

One of the 'suggested' ways to tie your sandals (and my new home-made skirt).

The perfect end to the story of my sandals is that they're made by women in Matuga, Uganda.

Sseko \say-ko\ Designs was created to help these bright young 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.

One of the women who made my sandals and straps.

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.

Check out the story and the sandals at: www.ssekodesigns.com

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