Every purchase you make can either have a positive or negative impact on the world. 31 Bits is part of a movement revolutionizing the way people do business. We value both the creator and the consumer. The artisans in our program are receiving a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty. Our accessories are marked by fresh colors and crisp design. Our customers exemplify sophistication and compassion.
Our model is to empower people through the fashion industry. We work with our beneficiaries in Uganda to create fashionable, quality products. They earn an income enabling them to provide for their families. We care for them holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in our program, our beneficiaries are ready to graduate. A graduated beneficiary has her own business and is educated, healthy, and confident. She is empowered.
And guess what? Everything we do is funded through product sales. That means every time you make a 31 bits purchase, you have a direct impact on women’s lives in Uganda.
Our beads are made from recycled paper…that’s right…PAPER! Our beneficiaries cut unused posters, advertisements, and text book pages into long strips. They roll the strips tightly and coat them in a water-based varnish. The varnish hardens the beads as well as provides a protective coating. The beads are then strung into a design, or sewn onto one of our embroidered pieces. You’ll also find other materials used in our products like funky printed fabrics and beautiful shades of leather. 99% of our materials are sourced in Eastern Africa, supporting local markets.