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April 9, 2013

The Uganda Team :: Get To Know Julie

Meet Julie! She joined the Uganda team 2 months ago as the Director of Operations and we absolutely love her!! We think you will too!

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Where are you from: Costa Mesa, CA

What is your position: I’m the Director of Operations. I oversee the process of every Bits design- from pieces of paper to final product. I also manage our wonderful Operations Managers as they do quality control and mentor our beneficiaries.

What has been the hardest thing about moving across the world? Moving across the world is surreal to say the least. I lived in Seattle when I was hired, so packing my car with everything I owned and driving away from people and a city I had fallen in love with for four years was certainly difficult. But now that I am in Uganda, I would say the hardest ting is learning new cultural norms and values. Its difficult and thrilling all at the same time- but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Things you’ve learned since moving to Uganda: I have learned a lot since I have arrived: how to properly tie a baby on my back, how to drive a boda boda, how to barter in the public market, how to dance ‘like an Acholi lady’, and how good development, like being done at 31 Bits, can truly empower and change ones life.

Favorite food: I keep it simple – beans, rice, and guacamole. Lucky for me, Uganda is great at this dish.

Favorite design from the Spring collection: Necklace: I love the kooky look of the Razzle Dazzle. Bracelet: Half Moon in pink & tangerine.

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