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 they do in Uganda here.
I met one of the girls from 31 Bits at an event in Hollywood because I noticed her beautiful necklace. This led to her sharing who and what 31 Bits was, I was totally intrigued. I went home and got onto the website immediately. They sent me a few pieces from the new Spring collection and I must say I not only love the product but it felt even better wearing it around my neck knowing what they are doing to help the women of Uganda. Not to mention when people complimented me on my necklace I could then share the 31 Bits story with them! I am always so inspired by what people like Kallie have done, please Support 31 Bits.
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