I just ordered myself a Mother’s Day present from 31 Bits. You know what? I don’t feel even the slightest bit guilty about it. See for yourself in the photo below. It is pretty, right? It cost just $18 and was made by a woman in Uganda from 100% recycled paper.
Here’s the story of 31 Bits. When Kallie Dovel traveled to Uganda in 2007, she met women making paper beads. After getting to know them, Kallie was eager to find a way to give opportunities to these women who lacked a way to market and sell their items. She brought a box of jewelry back to the U.S. while thinking of how to develop this concept. She brought on a few friends and together they traveled back to Uganda in August 2008 and selected six women to begin buying jewelry from on a monthly basis. That was the start of the company now known as 31 Bits.
Today they have grown to 63 women, each with a unique story. They purchase paper bead jewelry from the women on a monthly basis, providing them with a consistent and fair income. By selling these products, 31 Bits is not only able to give these women an income but also to provide them with numerous development programs in Uganda. They provide English lessons and a finance-training program for each of the women. They also provide AIDS and Health education since about one-third of their beneficiaries are HIV positive. Now the women are able to receive counseling and guidance on how to take their medicine and stay healthy.
In addition to buying their paper bead pieces, you can get involved by throwing a 31 Bits house party. They will send you a box of jewelry and you can invite friends to hear the stories of the ladies in Uganda and give your guests a chance to purchase one of their pieces of jewelry. As a thank you for helping 31 Bits, you will get to choose a piece of jewelry from paper beads to keep for yourself. Click here for details.
Each piece of jewelry is handmade using 100% recycled paper and local materials from Uganda. They are really beautiful and would make a perfect Mother’s Day present. See for yourself at 31 Bits.
I love my new Mother’s Day present. Tell us, what are you doing to celebrate Mother’s Day this year?
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