A fashion brand that lifts women out of poverty in Uganda.

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Liz Forkin Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion brand based in Uganda. In addition to handbags and accessories, Sseko makes beautiful leather sandals with interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in hundreds of ways. The line began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. In addition to the university-bound team, Sseko also employs women from all walks of life. By creating an environment of dignity, honor and dedication, Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for marginalized women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.

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If you really want to do something, if you really want to help, you should employ people, you should give them something to do. Which, as a 22 year old idealistic journalism student completely turned my world upside down. — Liz Forkin Bohannon

We're all actively engaging in consumerism, and so our hope and vision is how do we hijack that and not say let's get rid of it, because it is an incredibly powerful force that can be for good or for bad. — Liz Forkin Bohannon

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