PORTLAND, Ore. -- Most companies don't string up pictures of their employees for inspiration, but Sseko Designs isn't most companies.
It's the brainchild of Liz Bohannon who originally wanted to be a journalist.
"I really wanted to learn more and report on issues facing women and girls living in extreme poverty," Bohannon said.
So at age 22 she bought a one-way ticket to Uganda. Soon though, she found a new inspiration. She decided to devote herself to helping young women break the cycle of poverty by getting an education.
But university there isn't cheap and most women can't afford tuition. So Bohannon designed a new type of sandal, and challenged three local women to make them.
"I said okay, if you make sandals for the next nine months I promise you will go to university in the fall," Bohannon recalled.
Nine months later she flew back to the states and started selling the sandals out of her trunk with the help of her husband. They've come a long way since then.
The pair pitched their idea on ABC's Shark Tank, the episode runs Friday night.
Since that first college class of three women, Sseko Designs have helped put 57 others through school, inspiring a whole new generation of young women at the same time.
"They start imagining, ‘well shoot, if this girl could do it – she was from my village, now she's going on to college and now she’s pursuing these things – I can do that, I want to be a part of that.’ Getting to see that spark of possibility is one of my favorite parts of my job," Bohannon said.
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