31 Bits is a global business, headquartered in SoCal, using fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty.
They work with over 120 women in Gulu, Uganda, purchasing 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, they are able to generate a profit that is used to continue purchasing jewelry, as well provide the ladies with numerous development programs, including English and reading lessons, finance training, and vocational training, equipping them to develop a career and attain social equity on a local level. And each of these women have beautiful and unique stories of suffering that has been overcome with joy and liberation.
This amazing company was started by Kallie Dovel and a few of her friends after getting a first hand look at life in Uganda in 2008. On her first trip to Northern Uganda, Kallie 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. And now, they have a thriving business selling beautiful jewelry working with these amazing women. These girls are world changers and we just love them!
This is truly Fashion for Good! Please help support our friends and their incredible company…
…We’ve invited the 31 Bits gals to feature their latest line at our Album Release Party, celebrating Ryan Webster’s new album: The Point of Pointlessness. You’ll be able to check out and purchase their jewelry just in time for holiday pressies!
Come party with us and 31 Bits!
Thursday, October 17, 2013.
Doors and first band: 7pm
House Of Blues-Sunset – in their FOUNDATION ROOM