It all started with a life-changing trip for Kallie in her junior year. While visiting Uganda, she met women who had experienced war and lived in poverty. They were single moms who were Kallie’s age. Despite their lack of education and employment, Kallie found them skilled and resourceful. They were making beautiful jewelry out of old posters. So Kallie brought a box back to America for her friends.
Kallie’s friends plunged into their last year of college with an inspired vision- empowering women to rise out of poverty. To that end, they sold jewelry everywhere; and studied fashion, marketing, and development. Kallie went back to Uganda to help the women create new styles of jewelry and also began the process of setting up an organization that would become 31 BITS.
“The “31” comes from Proverbs 31, where it describes a diligent woman providing and caring for her family. The “bits” comes from what the beads are made out of..”bits’ of paper.”
The 31 Bits business model is based on a five-year program designed to empower each beneficiary and her family, while exposing them to the love of Christ. After five years in the program, a beneficiary is ready to graduate. She is educated, healthy, and confident–while managing a business with a sustainable income.
“Five years ago, we were carefree 21-year-old girls. Today, we have plenty to care about. We’ve learned that as consumers, every purchase we make has either a negative impact or a positive impact in the world. That’s why we’ve taken a simple product like jewelry and made it a vehicle for doing something good.”
Freshen up your wardrobe, help change lives and see how your own heart gets changed!