We sat down with Alli, co-founder of 31 Bits to learn more about their work in Uganda (and Bali) providing sustainable employment crafting artisanal jewelry & decor. Read on for their story and enter week 2 of our Giving Back Giveaway on Instagram.
Tell us about your work - what makes your company unique?
We use fashion and design to drive positive change in the world by providing artisans with dignified job opportunities and inspiring customers to live meaningful lives. Through handmade accessories and home decor, we're able to give our artisans dignified working conditions and access to the global market. We believe that how your stuff is made matters.
How are you giving back this holiday season
We've made a unanimous decision as a company to give gifts that matter this holiday season. We're making a conscious effort to move away from products that are mass-produced, and towards products that have a purpose and a bigger story.
Tell us about the product you're including in our giveaway
We're including a flower charm, hand-picked just for you! Features a flower charm and a rose tassel, on a brass bangle with nanocoating. 2.25" diameter and adjusts to fit.
Any funny stories to share from your early startup days?
Oh man...too many! I remember Jessie, another co-founder who ran our sales program, thought that someone with a "brick and mortar" store sold cement... So she was so confused when we started getting those enquiries! Haha!
Favorite ethical brands?
Love SOKO, Nisolo, Krochet Kids, Citizenry, and Sseko
Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Don't give up, don't compare, and take it one day at a time!