Ankle Boots by Sseko
USA & UK

Soft Leather Ankle Boots – $129.99

These stylish genuine Ethiopian leather flat ankle boots are a versatile classic for all seasons. The cushioned foam insole and supple leather uppers makes them incredibly comfortable, but be aware that soft leather like this needs appropriate care and attention, and can wear through more quickly if you don’t look after it properly.

Made using leather sourced from Ethiopian farmers at one of the oldest Ethiopian-owned shoe factories in the country, these fairly traded boots contribute to the economic development of the region, as well as empowering bright young women in East Africa to continue their university degrees through a donation of 10% per purchase to Sseko’s Scholarship Fund.

Sseko shoes are made in East Africa; the company is based in the USA, and ships worldwide.

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Gives Back

Gives BackSseko Designs provides employment during the nine-month gap between high school and university where high potential young women are able to earn and save enough money to pay for college tuition. Half of their salary each month goes into a savings account that is not accessible until tuition is due. This ensures that their income goes towards education. This also protects the women in Sseko’s program for the social pressure they often feel from their families to give away the money they are earning, which can perpetuate the cycle of poverty. At the end of each term, Sseko Designs grants university scholarships that match up to 100% of the saving each woman has made during her nine-month session with Sseko. To date, Sseko has enabled 47 women to continue on to university.

Fairly Traded

Fairly TradedSseko provide employment (along with access to a comprehensive social impact program) to their team of 50 women in Uganda. Instead of just treating the symptoms, the company aims to address the deeper, underlying issues of extreme poverty. Sseko supports sustainable industry and fair-trade, and believes in the power of responsible consumerism to break people – particularly women – out of cycles of poverty.

In addition to providing employment to women working their way towards university, Sseko provides employment for women who have aged out of the education system and have no other form of income generation. They also partner with a local non-profit in Uganda that works with young women who have recently come out of the commercial sex industry. Providing stable, dignifying, and fair wage employment is a key component to keeping women from entering back into prostitution.