These past few weeks have been insanely busy between applying for internships, finishing up college (how did that happen?) and figuring out my plans for the fall. However, with all of this happening, I’m starting to finally figure out what I want to do with my life, at least a little bit. Which brings me to these two amazing companies: TOMS and Sseko Designs.
TOMS is an an amazing organization founded by Blake Mycoskie, who developed a pledge that with every purchase of a pair of shoes, one pair would be donated to those in need, in Africa. Since its founding in 2006, TOMS shoes has grown tremendously, expanded its products to clothing, and enlisted celebrity promotional help. The work of TOMS continues to help so many people and incorporates three of my favorite things: travel, fashion and giving.
Sseko Designs is another passionate company from truly inspirational beginnings. My sister over at ebb&flow sparked my interest in Sseko (say-ko) last year when seeing a lot of similarities between myself and Liz Bohannon, the founder of Sseko. Since then, I have been fascinated with the work of Sseko Designs and it would be my dream to be a part of their team one day!
What is so great about Sseko? Everything! First, the sandals are made by beautiful, amazing Ugandan women who use the money as funding for continuing education tuition. Secondly, the sandals are intricate yet simple and can be tied dozens of ways, use hundreds of patterns and what seems to be thousands of bright colors. Lastly, once you buy a sole, the straps are interchangeable. Genius.
I can not say enough wonderful things about these two companies, but I applaud their work and hope to one day make a difference like Blake and Liz, or even with them (fingers crossed!). Want to learn more or get involved? Join the One for One Movement or participate in One Day Without Shoes through TOMS or become an ambassador or host a party through Sseko.
Lastly, never under-estimate word-of-mouth and the power of the blogosphere. Spread the word by purchasing some sweet kicks and blogging about the amazing organizations!