31 Bits: Jewelry for a Cause
Written by Christi Given | April 26, 2012
In 2007, Kallie Dovel traveled to Uganda. While there, she saw women struggling to survive by making paper beads, but without a market in which to sell them. Dovel decided to help. Over the next year, she finished her degree in Southern California and developed the jewelry line 31 Bits, which started off selling the jewelry from six Ugandan women. Now, it has evolved into a ministry and larger organization.
31 Bits has partnered with Reef to make the sandal “The Ugandal,” along with many other partnerships. The jewelry is available for purchase online and purchases help the women in Uganda make a living and rise above poverty.
Some of their goals and current focuses are:
We are currently working with 108 women in Gulu, Uganda. We’ve combined successful development approaches with current design and fashion to create an innovative program for our women. We purchase jewelry from each woman on a monthly basis, providing them with an immediate, consistent, and fair income. Each piece of jewelry is handmade using 100% recycled paper and other local materials. By selling these products in the international market, we are able to generate a profit that is used to continue purchasing jewelry for our beneficiaries, as well provide them with numerous development programs, equipping them to develop a career and attain social equity on a local level. We are committed to working with each woman until she has graduated from our program and attained a sustainable means of income within her own community (31bits.com).
31 Bits has a blog and online store where you can browse and see the latest on their ministry and their neat catalogs! The jewelry line is definitely growing and is not only making girls feel fashionable, but more importantly is for a bigger cause and purpose. 31 Bits is making an impact and giving opportunities to those who never could have this chance otherwise. Wow, what an inspiring and uplifting company!
Many celebrities and Hollywood stars have supported the jewelry line. Check out Kathy Lee on Today sporting the 31 Bits long necklace:
This company is worth spreading the news about! Share with your family and loved ones! Even if you are unable to buy a necklace or piece of jewelry, share the website with your friends or maybe put something from it on your wish list!
PI girls, what are your dreams?