Here at Sseko we deeply believe that every great journey begins with a small step. The Sseko Fellows are a tribe of women that have embarked on such a journey to create opportunity and community for women here in the states, as well as for our sisters in East Africa. One of those Fellows, Cassie Fussle, recently took a step into our Fellows community. This is her New Beginnings story!
This is guest post written by ethical fashionista Bre Shanks.
On 24 April 2013, more than one thousand people were killed when the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Western multinationals like Primark, Walmart, and Mango produced clothing at the perilously constructed commercial building. The day before the collapse, inspectors had discovered significant cracks throughout the structure of the complex, where multiple floors had been added on illegally. Despite the grave warnings, factory owners demanded that their employees continue working. It was the deadliest garment-factory accident in history.
Fashion Revolution Day began as a way to ensure the same injustices aren’t repeated—or forgotten. Every year on April 24, consumers are challenged to ask brands who made what they’re wearing. By asking the questions that matter most, we can create an industry that values transparency, people, the environment, and profit in equal measure.
We at Sseko agree it’s time for a change. Bre interviewed the Sseko team about how they’re changing the world, one pair of sandals at a time.