We have just sent our 2017 necklace order to Esther! This year's order will feature two brand-new necklace styles, and more color choices in already popular styles!
This is the first official order that we've placed with Esther. Typically, we visit her shop in Uganda each year and select our necklaces from her stock. We pay her for the necklaces and then bring them back and sell them to raise funds for our education and child support programs. Over the past few years of selling Ether's necklaces, we have been able to identify styles and colors that sell out quickly. So this year I decided to work with Esther to create an inventory plan.
Papaya Beads now offers 10 necklace options, in 9 color choices. We hope that by listening to what our friends are interested in purchasing, we can raise more funds for TRUE Africa and, most importantly, provide Esther and her business with more work.
I've never run a jewelry business before, and this is Esther's first official order. I think both of us are a little nervous about how we will make it all work, but also giddy with excitement about what the future of our partnership will bring for those that we help!
Melissa is the Child Care Director for TRUEAfrica and runs the Papaya Beads Fundraiser.