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Mother’s Day may not be until the 13th, but this year don’t leave the gift giving ’til Sunday morning when you’ll inevitably follow up your last minute ecard with a guilt-ridden phone call. Plan ahead and get mom something nice, like a piece of jewelry from the socially responsible, environmentally friendly and totally affordable line, 31 Bits. The Southern California-based company was started by Kallie Dovel after she discovered the beautiful local jewelry being made by women in Uganda. Now, back in the States, she and a few friends have created an international market to sell handmade necklaces and bracelets from over 100 Ugandan women, many of whom lost their homes and families at the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
The mission of 31 bits is to use “fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty. By giving our beneficiaries access to the international market, they are able to earn an instant income, providing homes, food, and education for their families. Our 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.”