Back in 2010 while writing for Shopgirl’s Blog, I wrote a post about a fabulous organization I discovered while skimming Twitter and chatting with one of my favorite Bachelorette’s, Tenley Molzahn. 31 Bits is beautiful jewelry with a beautiful story and I had quickly reached out to the founders so I could do my part in sharing their amazing story. You can imagine how thrilled I was when they not only loved the idea of doing a post, but when I received one of their gorgeous necklaces in the mail.
Since it’s the season of giving, I wanted to revisit my post on 31 bits and do a little recap on this philanthropic line of jewelry and people with Styled Arrow. And, not to mention, since the post I wrote 5 years ago, 31 Bits has grown by leaps and bounds. Their jewelry line is absolutely AMAZING! It is the perfect gift to give, since their product line and mission are both, beautiful! It’s not only a great conversation piece, you can feel and look good showing this jewelry off.
When founder and then college junior, Kallie Dovel, ventured to Uganda and saw displaced women making and selling beautiful jewelry for little money, her wheels started turning and a vision came to light. When she shared the jewelry, story and vision with some of her college friends, they decided to turn a vision in to a reality. After finishing her degree in Cultural Anthropology, Dovel and some of her girlfriends went back to Uganda to select some women to hire as designers for a jewelry line. Made from recycled papers, the jewelry is then purchased from the Uganda designers so they can then use the money to provide housing, food and healthcare for their families.
Kallie and her friends started selling the jewelry at craft fairs, home parties and local stores. 5 years later, they are in over 300 stores and share their story with millions of people. This is just one example of how a vision can truly become a dream and people can truly make a difference in other’s lives.
A couple of my favorites …