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Salihu is a Ghanaian artisan who specializes in hand-carved masks and sculptures. He would like to expand his workshop by offering employment to additional carvers. Salihu has been selling through NOVICA since 2003. This is his story:

"Upon the death of my father, I was sent to live with one of my father's closest friends, a renowned traditional carver for the then Akwamu chief and the people of Akwamu. I worked with him for about 15 years, during which time I learned the styles and techniques of the Ashanti and Akwamu people. My work began to flourish and achieve recognition. Today, I have apprentice carvers working with me to learn the art of carving. I am always grateful to you for taking part in the funding of this microcredit. I will work hard to benefit from your assistance. May Allah bless you all."

Use the link below to view Salihu's hand-carved wood masks and sculptures on the NOVICA site:

Additional Information

Important information about Novica

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.

About Ghana

  • $3,500
    Average annual income
  • 34
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    Ghana Loans Fundraising
  • $11,960,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $750 helped Salihu to expand his workshop by hiring additional carvers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jan 21, 2014
Dec 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2014