As a fashion editor, I have seen how the right clothes can change a woman’s outlook on herself, how discovering a sense of style can impart a sense of self and most recently, how purchasing power can equal world-changing power.

New players in the style game are finding inspiring ways for your money to help others. One such company is Sseko (pronounced “say-co”). Founded by Liz Bohannon, the company employs women in Uganda to hand make sandals. Sseko pays the women a fair wage, a portion of which the women are required to put into an account to pay for college.