Photographer, adventure enthusiast, adoption advocate and mom of 5; to say she inspires us would be an understatement! We’re thrilled to introduce you to Ashley Campbell who’s joined us for our Buy Better Not More series.
There’s a community of women spread across the US that are changing the way women are empowered globally. By selling Sseko products and sharing the Sseko story, these women are earning an additional scholarship for the women on our team in Uganda! They’re called the Sseko Fellows, heard of them? One of our Sseko Fellows just hit Adventuress Status (that means she sold $10,000 worth of Sseko, in ONE month!) and she’s earned herself a trip to Uganda to meet the team!
Sarah Woodson is a 27 year old full-time Sseko Fellow (and newlywed!) who recently moved to St. Louis, Missouri with her hubby. Even before she was a Fellow, Sseko played a big role in her life- we’re talkin’ all her Bridesmaids were decked out in Ribbon Sandals y’all. She’s passionate about a range of social justice issues and has even spent time working for an anti-trafficking agency in the past! This lady is busy killin’ it all day everyday, and we’re so happy she had some time to answer some of our questions. Read on to get to know Sarah and her work as a Sseko Fellow!
Photographer and travel-lover, she’s a Sseko woman through and through. We’re thrilled to introduce you to Abby Tohline as part of our Buy Better Not More series!
Every great journey begins with a small step.
That’s one of the tenants of the Sseko Manifesto for so many reasons! We truly believe that taking small steps is necessary to making any great journey possible. Since the beginning of Sseko, it’s been our dream to be in our own workshop in Kampala and for that workshop to be managed 100% by a Ugandan staff. We’ve been taking small steps to making this possible for years, and we’re so excited to share that (this year!) both of these dreams have come true!
Today we are introducing the Brave Necklace, the newest way to wear your story. Available in two lengths and three styles, this necklace will serve as a reminder of where you have been, inspiration for where you are going and a symbol of what lies within you. Piece by piece, each unique Brave Necklace will tell your story.
Our Fall 2016 Collection is all about simplicity. It’s centered around buying better, not more. Each piece was carefully designed to be carried with you for years to come, and we incorporated timeless colors like caramel, blacks and ivories so that each piece may become a wardrobe staple. In the spirit of buying better, not more, we’ve reached out to our favorite fashionistas for tips on how to keep a simple wardrobe that feels new throughout the season. These beautiful women have joined our #buybetternotmore movement, and we are excited to share the first post in this series with you! First up, Tori Roloff – kindergarden teacher!
The Sseko Brave Manifesto that sits above my desk says to “do things that scare you”, to “practice radical generosity”, and that “like a girl is a compliment”. There is nothing in it that mentions bravery as a synonymous with brawn or power or toughness. As I’ve grown older, I have come to understand that each of us has to define bravery for ourselves.
When I was little, I wanted to be a spy. I wanted to use cool gadgets and chase down bad guys and save the world. I wanted to be strong and stealthy and wickedly clever. I thought it would be so cool to wear leather and be tough and unafraid of anything. I read books about how to look for clues and how to track fingerprints. I tumbled around in my backyard through my make-shift obstacle course, getting dirt under my nails and scraping up my knees. I was training myself to be tough, brave, and fearless.
Then a boy in my neighborhood told me girls couldn’t be spies. He said he’d be a better spy because he was bigger and stronger, and boys knew more about cars and guns. He said he would be a better spy because boys are tougher and braver than girls. I asked my mother if this was true and she told me that spies weren’t real anyway, at least not like in the movies. She told me that I shouldn’t want to do dangerous things; that I was too pretty, too soft, and too gentle to want those terrible things. This is when I started learning about the things girls couldn’t be.
Very early on in my childhood I had a passion to help people. From holding a neighborhood kid’s hand when they fell off their bike, to giving away all my earned chore money to homeless people as I passed by them on the streets of downtown portland; I was a full blown humanitarian from the womb. Figuring out how my profession or future endeavors could envelope a meaningful and compassionate lifestyle was, and continues to be, an unsolved journey. On top of that, my inability to go about daily life without an established plan was the reason why my destiny was predetermined at the age of 10. All my actions became calculated in order to follow my path of being a doctor. Though I loved being artistic and expressing myself through art and fashion, working in medicine anticipated a more comfortable lifestyle that a creative career in either fashion, design or art could not provide. Being a doctor aided people the way I thought was only possible, it had a direct tangible impact on people. Plus Dr. Dempsey had a pretty nice ring to it… My path was then set. Dr. Dempsey it would be.
Hi guys! I am Kristy McInnis, the style and content intern at Sseko for the summer! I wanted to give you guys 10 tips to rock your summer internship!
Do research on the company
We know by now you have stalked the company’s social media and are back in 2011’s on Instagram, but what is most important is researching the company through their website. Take time to fill your brain with their mottos because for the next few months you will eat, sleep and breathe them. They are what the company was founded on, so take notes! It’s even more important to know the company’s story so you know that you are contributing correctly to their image. Sseko has a special story that they try to incorporate into every aspect of their company, and keeping that in the back of my head through all of the other moving parts keeps me humble.