Walter is a Ghanaian artisan who creates vivid and beautiful African masks. He hopes to stock up on wood, sandpaper and polish for production.
Walter has been selling through NOVICA since 2004. This is his story:
"I have my own workshop, where I design and carve the things I like. I carve different masks that represent the value of the family, unity and our ancestors. African masks have a strong social, ethnic, historic and symbolic meaning."
"I will ever be grateful for the help you are giving me to help my workshop grow. Thank you!"
Use the link below to view Walter's hand-carved African masks on the NOVICA site:
Novica is an e-commerce website that allows artisans around the world to sell unique, high-quality goods directly to consumers. It also offers small loans to help artisans in the developing world start and grow their businesses. It’s possible to buy goods created by the artisans you help fund on the Novica website.
Repayments on Novica loans are tied to artisan revenue. This means that if an artisan has a good month, they will pay back more -- or less during slower months. To accommodate this, all repayments on this loan are due at the end of the loan term. Any repayments received before this deadline will be considered pre-payments, but will still be distributed to lenders as usual.
Because Novica is not a microfinance institution, Kiva’s risk rating system is not applicable. Kiva has conducted onsite due diligence, and Kiva’s Investment Committee approved the organization as a partner. Novica offers artisans loans at 0% interest.