Right back at the very beginning of Paperchain we used the tagline "What's your story?" because it was the stories behind each incredible person we met in Uganda that fuelled us to set-up the charity in the first place. One boy, who shall remain nameless, inspired us as we sat around the dinner table one evening; this was his story.
I was born into a poverty stricken family; my father was no-longer living but I stayed with my mother. Around the age of 5 I was collected by my Aunt and brought to live with her and her children; I didn't understand why I had to leave my home and would search the local village calling for my mother each day but sadly she too had passed away. This young boy was taken under the care of a local charity and given a fresh start, a chance to re-write his story. Although he had a heartbreaking start to life, that wasn't the end of his story. We wanted to do whatever we could to support charities that are helping these children. Now, thanks to all the boutiques and customers who support Paperchain, we've helped play a small part in re-writing these stories into one's of hope, success and happiness.
What's our story?
For those of you who follow Paperchain you'll know we're based in Northern Ireland but work with a team on the ground in Uganda.
My Mum Avril and I work on Paperchain most days, whether its selling to our wonderful retailers, managing stock levels, working on new colours for the season, designing new products or booking photoshoots with the lovely Ruth (Native Ivy). It takes constant work to build our brand, but it's a joy to do because every 6 months we get to do our favourite bit... deciding which projects we're going to donate funds to.
We try to visit Uganda once or twice a year; to visit the team and check how things are on the ground and to work on exciting new projects. We also like to bring bring gifts, buy lunches and generally bless the team that work hard for us all year round. Our next trip is in September.
Join us on social media as we share more of these stories and the motivation behind Paperchain on our upcoming trip.
We're going to giveaway a £30 Paperchain voucher at the end of September; all you have to do is tag your Paperchain purchase on instagram @paperchainjewellery and use #whatsyourstory