HOW DOES THE DEVELOPMENT SIDE WORK? Jessie: We do more than buy their necklaces and bracelets. The women who work with us are part of a structured program that helps them develop skills through vocational and financial training. Allie: Within three to five years, we want each beneficiary to graduate with a way of earning a sustainable living beyond 31 Bits, either by starting her own business or joining an existing one.
BEYOND PROVIDING A LIVELIHOOD, HOW DOES THE PROGRAM HELP? Anna: Approximately one-third of our beneficiaries are HIV positive. By providing AIDS and health education, they’re able to receive guidance on how to take their medicine and stay healthy. Brooke: We also provide mental-health counseling. Many of our women have undergone abuse and traumatizing events that they are addressing for the first time in their lives.