Total loan: $2,000


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Chichicastenango, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

Jose's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to invest in paint, wood, files, putty, and wax.

Jose's story

Jose is an artisan from Guatemala who specializes in wood sculptures. He would like to invest in paint, wood, files, putty, and wax.

Jose has been selling through NOVICA since 2010. This is his story:

Born in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, Jose learned his craft from his father. "When I was younger, he would only allow me to sandpaper a piece, and as I got older he would let me paint, too. It wasn't until I was older that he'd finally let me carve the wood. I remember well the first piece I ever did completely on my own: an angel. I put it among the things my father took to the market to sell, and then I lost track of it! I hope it got sold to someone who appreciated it because at the time I was only an apprentice.

"Thank you very much for this support. I do not know what I would do without my job. Online sales have really helped me to get ahead because sales at the local market are very low now. Thank you very much for your help and support of my work."

Use the link below to view Jose's wood sculptures on the NOVICA site: