St. Louis’ Expedition Subsahara Empowers African Women with Education

 In Culture, Style

St. Louis-based wedding photographer Sofi Seck, originally from Senegal in West Africa, came to the U.S. after her mother spent years making and selling handmade dolls, eventually saving up enough money to buy their plane tickets. With limited educational opportunities for women in sub-Saharan Africa, Seck’s mother wanted her to have the chance to get a high-level education and bright future. She now seeks to empower women in her native country, which led to her founding Expedition Subsahara.

Seck created the organization with a few friends, and sells handmade items like beautiful hand-woven bags, eco-friendly totes, hamper baskets, home decor, jewelry and more, all made by a select group of female artisans in Africa. The proceeds of each item sold will fund the building of a technical school in Senegal for young women, where they will receive a quality education and fruitful job prospects. “Our mission is to increase opportunities for women to succeed in the 21st century—without being forced to leave their home countries—through technology and graphic arts, incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) into a formal education,” Seck writes on the website’s mission page.

Have a look at the Expedition Subsahara website to learn more about the incredible story and mission behind this brand, and pick up a few new beautiful household items and accessories.

Expedition Subsahara
St. Louis, MO

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