"I love Peru as a country," Greene, a Fondren resident, says. "It's a beautiful place with good people and fantastic food, but I also have liked the community development."
In 2005, Greene moved to Trujillo to teach English and do economic-development work, and while there, she found a way to give more than language lessons to the local families. She learned about Peruvian paper-making through a woman who had been giving lessons in the town and decided it would be an interesting craft for the women she worked with, too.
What began as an extra activity soon became the foundation of Peru Paper Co., which has been based out of Greene's home in Jackson since she moved back in 2010. The company sells a variety of handmade, recycled-paper products, such as stationery, greeting cards and wall artwork. The designs come directly from the Peruvian women, whom Greene encourages to take creative liberty with their work. She also consults with them for company decisions.
In addition to the company's online store, customers can purchase Peru Paper Co. products at several retail stores around Mississippi and in other states, including Alabama, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Tennessee and Texas. The business also has items for sale at international stores including Nine50 Peruvian Silver Jewelry & Giftware in Windsor, Australia, and The Papery in Toronto, Canada.
Peru Paper has been an unexpected success, Greene says, but the most important factor is the success that it has brought to the women of Trujillo, Peru.
For more information, visit perupaper.com.