Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Not Just For Profit

After reading this blog and watching this movie and then reading this blog I've found that I'm decidedly indifferent when it comes to the TOMS movement, except for the fact that I still think they are ugly because MAN are they one ugly shoe.

However, I have found that I whole heartily support this 'not-just-for-profit' company. Sseko (pronounced say-ko), like TOMS, is a socially conscience shoe company. Apparently, in Uganda the school system is designed for a nine month break in between secondary schooling and university for students to raise tuition. In a male-dominated and impoverished society women have a hard time finding a job to fund their education. Sseko fills this niche. They provide 9-month jobs for women in between secondary school and university, though even women currently in and graduated from university can find amazing positions within Sseko. Whatever the women put toward their college education out of their salary is matched by Sseko at the end of the 9-month period.

I also think the sandals themselves are genius. It's just a leather base with trade-able ties but the ways you could tie your sandals are endless. Behold:

In their own words: "We here at Sseko are all extremely passionate about using a traditional for-profit business model to build sustainable incomes, job creation, education and professional opportunities. Business and consumerism are arguably the most powerful forces in our world today. Every dollar you spend is a vote for the way our world will do business and see our "stuff." We are excited to be a part of a growing movement the uses "patient capital" to combine philanthropy and traditional business models to change the world."

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Keine Hose Zeit

For your viewing pleasure, a collage:

My Sabbath was excellent, as always. There is just no beating a whole day dedicated to God. Beyond the spiritual uplifting Sunday is extra good because I never have to wear pants. And as I always say, the best time is no pants time.

PS I made those bracelets. Suggestions/comments are welcome.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sometimes I watch the news

Casey Anthony is G U I L T Y. Is everyone else just as outraged as I am over the totally unfounded verdict?!

Also I am using this blog to officially endorse Michele Bauchman. Voting for Mitt Romney based on his religion only makes you a BAD CITIZEN. Some say he is a smart business man that knows how to adapt to fluctuating political climates and new information. Personally, I think he isn't to be trusted. I also have never liked that fact that he treats his religion as a potentially damaging theology with no pertinence to his political standpoints. Bauchman, however, is a staunch conservative with platforms and a religion that she has no trouble standing by. She is obviously pro-life, for the family unit, and all about small government, all points that Romney has been somewhat shady on. I also agree with her stance of phasing out medicare and social security.