Today I want to share with you a jewelry business with a mission: 31 Bits. The company was founded by Kallie Dovel, who traveled to Uganda in 2007 through charity work. Here she visited with Ugandan women in refugee camps who made necklaces out of colorful scrap paper. Kallie was impressed with their resourcefulness and knew she could sell the beautiful jewelry back home in the United States to help these women earn an income to care for their families and feed their children.
Kallie named 31 Bits from Proverbs 31 - a Bible verse that describes an honorable woman who helps provide for her family. 31 Bits goes beyond just helping these women with a steady income though. Their mission includes education, AIDS prevention, and further vocational training for the women in the program.
But my favorite part about this socially minded company is that I would definitely wear this jewelry! In general, I love the idea of these fair trade products, but I usually feel like they look out of place in my regular life. Sort of like the handwoven purse you bought at the outdoor market in Mexico on Spring Break. Didn't really have the same appeal once you got home, am I right? Not so with 31 Bits. Check out the photo below for one of my favorites. I will save my handwoven purse for street cred on visits to my local health food store, and wear this necklace everywhere else!
How you can Do Some Good:
Start a list of companies like 31 Bits that sell products that help others. (I like to Bookmark mine on my computer under the heading Gift Ideas.) When Christmas or a birthday rolls around, pick something from the list.