Each 31 Bits employee earns a consistent monthly income, enabling them to send their children to school, provide food and a home for their families, pay for healthcare when necessary, and save money for a future business endeavour. Their income is equivalent to that of a Ugandan high school teacher.
All of 31 Bits’ products are made by hand by women in Uganda.
31 Bits employees are part of a five-year program that includes health education, finance training, counselling, and business training. After five years the women ‘graduate’, leaving with an education, her own business, social equity, and a new-found confidence. 31 Bits now have 120 women in their program. They also provide micro loans so that workers can buy things like a bike, and they provide financial training so that they can learn to budget and use a bank account.
The ultimate goal of their program is to graduate each woman with a successful business of her own. This will allow her to maintain a sustainable income without depending on the Western market. It will also enable her to employ others from the community and help build the local economy. Their business classes provide education on developing a business plan, identifying skills and resources, and developing a marketing strategy. They bring their employees on field trips so they can learn from local business owners, and also provide frequent one-on-one time with a mentor for guidance and support as they develop their business and prepare for graduation.