Monday, November 15, 2010

.31 bits.

.31 bits.  WOW!!! I have found two great organizations recently that help women in Uganda.  I am so in L-O-V-E with them both.  The dedication the American women have for, their friends, the women in Uganda amazes me in both organizations.  And the amount of progress being made in Uganda is ultra-cool.  For Christmas I am scratching the list I made, and hoping beyond hope that my family will only shop for me at places that strive to help others.  *Seriously family-this is your hint*  I love both Seeko designs and 31 bits.  I talked before about Sseko's and still really, really want a pair.  Today I am sharing my love of 31 bits. 
This organization is way cool.  The women make beads out of scraps of paper.  They then form amazing necklaces, bracelets, and headbands.  I love all the necklaces.  I really do.  There are three that stand out to me, Raven, Juniper, and the Ollie Twist.
So What is 31 Bits?
31 Bits is a business using fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty. They believe that business is one of the most powerful and sustainable approaches to turning scarcity into abundance, and eventually, alleviating poverty completely.
This is how it all 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 63 women; each with a unique story of suffering that has been overcome with joy and liberation.  .31 bits.

Shop 31 Bits
Read the blog here.
Learn more about there programs here.

*The last two sections of this post and all pictures are straight from the 31 bits website*

1 comment:

Silver Strands said...

That's really neat Desiree ... thanks for sharing.