For someone who loves stationery, Papertrail’s cosy office space in Kochi’s Thevara Ferry Road is a lovely little surprise. From paper bags, to lanterns, to boxes, this place has it all. What is perhaps lovelier is that these products are made by women from underprivileged backgrounds.
For Diwia, who started Papertrail in 2008, making paper bags wasn’t her first career choice. In fact, Diwia is a writer who runs a company called Wordworks.
Coming from a family of freedom fighters, Diwia was always socially conscious and wanted to do something that would help others. When confronted with personal challenges in her life over 15 years ago, Diwia decided to take the entrepreneurial route. This idea combined with the desire to make women financially independent is how Papertrail was born.