31 Bits offers unique, hand-crafted fair trade jewelry, designed and created by the women of Uganda. The 31 Bits mission is simple: to use jewelry, fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty. What started out as just a handful of artisans making handmade jewelry from paper has now grown to nearly a hundred designers in Uganda. In addition to income, 31 Bits’ program also provides literacy education, financial and vocational training, holistic care, and strong support systems, empowering individuals to further their careers and attain social equity.
Whether it’s a snazzy pair of fair trade earrings you’re after or a one-of-a-kind, handmade fair trade necklace, with 31 Bits you get the highest quality available while also making a difference. They even offer the option of hosting 31 Bits parties in your home. With so many products and options, you’re sure to get the best fair trade gift ideas and socially responsible jewelry you need to satisfy everyone on your list.
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How 31 Bits Jewelry uses Fashion and Design to Empower Women
31 Bits Designs is a socially minded business designed to give internally displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty. By giving the 31 Bits’ beneficiaries access to the international market, they are able to earn an instant income, providing homes, food, and education for their families. The 31 Bits program equips women by providing literacy education, financial and vocational training, holistic care, and strong support systems, empowering individuals to further their careers and attain social equity.
31 Bits Values
Love, because love stems from Christ and is a catalyst for positive change. Equality, because equality promotes dignity, respect, and self-worth for all people. Hope, because hope is the belief that something good can and will happen. Honesty, because honesty demonstrates integrity and ensures trust and transparency with all participants. Quality, because a quality product is created with the utmost excellence. Growth, because growth allows us to dream of what the future could look like; and as a result, continuously be implementing new and innovative ways to improve the quality of the organization and of the lives of participants.
How 31 Bits Jewelry Got Started
Kallie Dovel, traveled to Uganda in the summer of 2007, getting a first- hand look at life in Northern Uganda. While she was there, she met women making paper beads but who lacked a plan to market and sell them. After spending time in their homes and hearing their stories, Kallie knew there had to be a way to give opportunities to her new friends. She brought a box of jewelry back to the U.S., and spent the next year finishing her degree and dreaming up the concept of a development organization. She brought a few friends on board and her ideas quickly evolved into 31 Bits. The girls traveled back to Uganda in August 2008, and selected six women to begin buying jewelry from on a monthly basis. Since then, we have grown to 99 women; each with a unique story of suffering that has been overcome with joy and liberation. Find out more about what we do in Uganda here.
The 31 Bits Programs
31 Bits is a business using fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty. 31 Bits believe that business is one of the most powerful and sustainable approaches to turning scarcity into abundance, and eventually, alleviating poverty completely.
31 Bits is currently working with 63 women in Gulu, Uganda. 31 Bits has combined successful development approaches with current design and fashion to create an innovative program for women. 31 Bits purchase jewelry from each woman on a monthly basis, providing them with an immediate, consistent, and fair income. Each piece of 31 Bits jewelry is handmade using 100% recycled paper and other local materials. By selling 31 Bits products in the international market, they are able to generate a profit that is used to continue purchasing jewelry for 31 Bits beneficiaries, as well provide them with numerous development programs, equipping them to develop a career and attain social equity on a local level. 31 Bits is committed to working with each woman until she has graduated from our program and attained a sustainable means of income within her own community.