31 Bits is an amazing organization that provides hope, security, and an education for women in Northern Uganda. They offer a 4 year program in which women can come onto their grounds and earn a living by handmaking amazing jewelry with, get this, recycled paper! It's hard to believe that their beautiful pieces come from recycled paper! But, it's true. Not only is this a place where women can be safe, earn an income for their family, but while in the 4 year program they also gain an education and business skills to continue providing for their families. The website has an awesome video that describes the whole process, and there is information on each designer (the women in the program), along with a store where you can purchase their amazing art work. Also, I work at The Rustic Gypsy in Canyon and we sell some of their beautiful jewelry so if you're in town, be sure to stop by and check it out along with the website to see who made it! :)
Meet Sarah, one of the designers! You can read her story, along with others, here.
"Using FASHION and DESIGN to empower women
to RISE ABOVE poverty." --31 Bits