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31 Bits: Eliminating Poverty

June 23, 2015
Sophia Bush in Gulu, Uganda and the women of 31 Bits.

Sophia Bush in Gulu, Uganda and the women of 31 Bits.

Scrolling through my Instagram feed, I saw Sophia Bush in a long, white and black checkered skirt surrounded by a group of women in Uganda. I couldn’t help but read what her latest adventure was. She was and is still visiting the women of 31 Bits. She is a part of a project that will be telling the stories of these artisans.

31 Bits is more than just a jewelry company. It is a business that was founded by five women from California who saw a way to eliminate poverty with fashion. One of the founders, Kallie Dovel, returned from a “life-changing” trip from Uganda during her senior year of college. “Kallie brought a box of the jewelry back, and we fell in love instantly. We sold the jewelry to friends and ran out within weeks. That’s when it hit us. These women had a skill, but needed a market,” the founders state in their story.

Green accessories from the Summer Collection

Within a year or so of traveling back and forth and selling the jewelry, they implemented a five year development program where the women of Gulu receive health education, finance training, counseling, and business training. They knew that these women needed more than just a paycheck. “After five years in our program, the women graduate, leaving with an education, a career, social equity, confidence, and a voice.”

The beads of each piece of jewelry is handcrafted and made from recycled paper. 99% of the materials are from local markets in Eastern Africa. “All of our products are carefully crafted by hand. From the first cut of paper to stringing on the final bead, every detail was thought through. You might find tiny differences from bead to bead, but we call those the “perfect imperfections” of having a handmade product. Each piece is unique and tells a story because it was made by a real person.”

Summer Collection - the "Marrakesh" necklace

Summer Collection – the “Marrakesh” necklace

Arach Nighty grew up a child enslaved to the war traveling through Eastern Africa. She never had a chance to go to school, and didn’t think her own children would ever get to either.

Arach Nighty grew up a child enslaved to the war traveling through Eastern Africa. She never had a chance to go to school, and didn’t think her own children would ever get to either.

Sophia Bush sums it up beautifully with these words: “31 Bits was born to help rehabilitate a war-torn region. To help empower the most disadvantaged women. To return hope to families. And these amazing ladies have done it. Their stories will move you to tears, make you thankful for the sheer magic that is the human spirit, and bring so much joy into your heart that you’ll realize you’re clutching your hand to your chest just to feel it beating, and you didn’t even notice that you put it there. Being conscious of what you support, even through such simple actions as buying a bracelet or necklace for a loved one, can literally impact entire communities halfway around the world.”

Impact an entire community by supporting companies like 31 Bits. Every purchase is life-changing.

Article by Brittany Windle

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Monogram Love-Shop Memento

July 14, 2014

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As a southern girl, I am obviously obsessed with monograms. I stumbled across Shop Memento on Twitter (@shopmemento) and immediately fell in love with their monogrammed frocket tees, boot socks, clutches and practically everything they had on their website (shopmemento.com), but more importantly, I fell in love with their amazing service, Godly values and overall genuine love for their brand and customers.
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Meet my online monogram love- SHOP MEMENTO!

Memento, LLC was launched in 2007 by Terri Johnson – a woman with a dream who never settled for anything less than excellence.

Terri had a vision to offer products that represent a person’s legacy, individual taste, or, makes a unique statement about an individual’s spirit & character. It’s a timeless reminder of a special moment, person, place or time. It’s a gift that’s fun & creates smiles and laughter.

Terri Johnson-Owner

Terri Johnson-Owner


Memento, LLC began in Terri’s basement with just one commercial embroidery machine. She wore all the hats – Customer Service Representative, Production Coordinator, Shipper, Cleaner, Embroiderer, etc. By 2010, Terri had 3 embroidery machines was able to hire seasonal helpers during Christmas and the peak seasons. In August 2011, she hired her first full time employee. In April of 2012, she moved into her first commercial space and began the Greek life branch of Memento, Greek Life Girl. Now in June of 2014, Terri is in a 5000 sq ft commercial space with 11 employees.

Perfect for summer!

Perfect for summer!


Terri continues to strive to provide each and every customer with outstanding customer service, a personalized online shopping experience, and a variety of unique products which you can only find at Memento.

“Your spark, passion, and drive is a song only you can write, If you don’t play it the world can’t hear it.” -Terri Johnson, TJD

Check Shop Memento out on Twitter, Instagram and online! You won’t be disappointed!
@shopmemento
www.shopmemento.com

Brynlea Cunniff

Gifts That Give-Back

December 23, 2013

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Green Bottle Candle Company

The Green Bottle Candle Company eco-friendly small business down in the heart of Dixie! Bottled in Birmingham, Alabama, this company creates all-natural soy candles set in re-purposed wine bottles from local restaurants. Candles, wine and saving the planet? Yes, please! Check them out and find a local retailer near you at thegreenbottlecandlecompany.com.

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Kris Nations Jewelry

Created by Kris and Kim Nation, this jewelry line is not only unique and elegant but many of their pieces are made from recycled metals. Known for their state-pride necklaces and tribal jewelry, many celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian have been spotted wearing Kris Nation jewelry. Check out krisnations.com.

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Brynlea Cunniff

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