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A loan of $3,500 helped to invest in wool and also be able to offer work to his artisan friends and neighbors.

Alberto's story

Alberto is a Mexican artisan who carries on his family tradition of handwoven Zapotec rugs and accessories. He would like to invest in wool and also be able to offer work to his artisan friends and neighbors.

Alberto has been selling through NOVICA since 2004. This is his story:

"I am the fourth generation in a family dedicated to Zapotec weavings. I remember as a child watching my father working on the loom while my mother and grandmother carded and dyed the wool. We shear the fleece, spin it and dye it with tints from the cochineal insect, pomegranate peel, bark from the huajal tree that thrives here, as well as oak and pecan bark. Stones, dried flowers, almost all the rocks and flowers here yield natural colors. My wife and I work together in our home. We help each other, and in this way we can finish our rugs sooner. I especially like diamond motifs, as they represent a kind of maguey coat of arms seen at Monte Albán. They exemplify my Zapotec heritage."

"First of all, I want to thank all of you who help fund these microcredits, which benefit people like my family and me. You are making it possible for us to continue the work we love. Thank you!"

Use the link below to view Alberto's traditional handwoven Zapotec rugs and accessories on the NOVICA site:

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