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Liz Forkin Bohannon, BJ ’07, MA ’09, creates jobs for Ugandan women.

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Sseko Designs

Liz Forkin Bohannon, BJ ’07, MA ’09, started Sseko Designs in Uganda, East Africa, creating sandals with interchangeable ribbon. She also created jobs. Bohannon developed a nine-month program for Ugandan women tasked with funding college and supporting families. Her goal: to curb the cycle of poverty. Bohannon has spoken before the Griffiths Leadership Society and involved MU student interns in the business. Her products are available at about 140 retailers, including Columbia’s Swank Boutique and Mustard Seed Fair Trade. Husband and business partner Ben Bohannon, BA ’07, calls her one of the smartest people he knows. “She taught me what we can do for women around the world,” he says.