Our 31 Bits Ollie Twist Necklace is made of magazine beads made of printed Recycled paper.
- Recycled magazines, cord & metal
- 21" L (53.4 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from Uganda
Made by: 31 Bits
31 Bits is a fair trade organization designed to give internally displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty.
Beaded products are made in Uganda from rolled up paper and sealed with a water-based varnish. Making beads from paper is a technique found throughout East Africa. One might find tiny differences from piece to piece, but those are called “perfect imperfections” of having a handmade product. Each piece is unique and tells a story because it was made by a real person. The challenge of learning new designs and techniques has completely shifted the way the artisans think about their lives.
The artisans in Uganda grew up during the war; as a result, each has different stories and needs. Most of them had little or no education as kids. Some are HIV positive, single moms, and/or have experienced domestic violence. Others were left without family or a home because of the war. 31 Bits implemented a five-year program that wouldn’t just care for a person financially, but holistically. The program is built on four main pillars: financial sustainability, physical/mental wellness, social support, and community impact. After five years in the program, a beneficiary is ready to graduate. This means she is educated, healthy, and confident while managing her very own business where she will have an ongoing, sustainable income.