Interview with 31 Bits (and how to Win a Necklace from Uganda!)

I recently had the privelage of interviewing two of the founding members of 31 Bits, an organization dedicated to helping women of Uganda build self-sustaining communities through manufacturing jewelry and accessories (by hand) using local materials and resources. The below interview is with Alli Swanson and Jessie Simonson, and they talk about how 31 Bits came to be, what the organization is all about, and what they’re up to next.

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About 31 Bits

31 Bits Designs is a socially minded business designed to give internally displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty. By giving their beneficiaries access to the international market, they are able to earn an instant income, providing homes, food, and education for their families. Their program equips women by providing literacy education, financial and vocational training, holistic care, and strong support systems, empowering individuals to further their careers and attain social equity.

Here’s How it Works

They are currently working with 63 women in Gulu, Uganda. They purchase 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 in Gulu. By selling these products in the international market, they are able to generate a profit that is used to continue purchasing jewelry for their beneficiaries, as well provide them with numerous development programs, equipping them to develop a career and attain social equity on a local level. Here’s the best part – they are committed to working with each woman until she has graduated from their program and attained a sustainable means of income within her own community!

Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

31 Bits has given us 3 pieces of jewelry to give away! The two necklaces that were featured at the end of the interview will both be given away, and they didn’t want to leave the fellas out so they’re giving away a Men’s Bracelet too! We will be choosing the winners on Valentine’s Day, so watch the videos below to find out how you can be one of the 3 lucky winners!!!

Facebook Contest

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Twitter Contest

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8 Responses to “Interview with 31 Bits (and how to Win a Necklace from Uganda!)”

  1. Daniela @SocialSkoop
    February 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Love 31 Bits I am actually wearing my tourquise& brown beaded necklace as I type this. I went to their warehouse sale last weekend and bought a bunch of beautiful pieces. Love the concept and love the jewelry. Now….to win some more!

    • Jeffrey Friend
      February 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      That’s awesome! Yeah, they’ve got a great program going with the women in Uganda. Cross your fingers!

  2. Emilygomez Benford
    February 10, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    Great blog Jeff! Keep it up :)

  3. me
    February 17, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    Was this a scam contest? V-Day has come and gone, no winners were chosen and I advertised your blog quite a lot. I’m not trying to accuse.

    I just want to know why there has been no announcement, or where to look for it?

    • Jeffrey Friend
      February 17, 2011 at 1:05 am #

      Hi Allie,

      No offense taken by your comment, and we appreciate your participation. The contest ended on Valentines Day, but we are still collecting the results so that we can choose the winners. Thank you for your patience.

    • jeffreyfriend
      February 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

      Hi Allie, no offense taken by your comment. The end of the contest was on Valentines Day. Now we are going through the process of looking through all of the twitter and facebook contest participants to choose 3 winners. We really appreciate your participation and patience.

      • me
        February 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

        Awesome, thanks.

  4. Anonymous
    August 18, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    It is a nice information about the 31 Bits. It is an informative post. I see all the video which you posted here. In the first one they give the proper information.  

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