Total loan: $20,000
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana / Arts
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A loan helped to invest in raw materials for bead-making, improve jewelry designs, and create steady employment opportunities for local people in Ghana.
Cedi was born into a family of Ghanaian bead-makers. When he was 7 years old, he began hiding from his parents to design glass beads at home. Today, Cedi continues to demonstrate passion and dedication to traditional recycled glass bead-making. In Ghana, beads play a major role in everyday life; Cedi’s family comes from the Krobo traditional area, one of the most well-known bead-making areas in Africa. Cedi’s techniques are featured in numerous books, magazines, and videos. He hopes to expand his business, sharing his work with retailers around the world, and creating more jobs for people in local communities in Ghana. In 2017, Cedi took out his first loan on Kiva, which he used to buy raw materials and grow his beading business. Since his last loan, Cedi has been able to increase production and begin testing new, modern designs. A second loan of $20,000 will help Cedi increase production, invest in raw materials, learn from his buyers, and train more artisans in bead-making, glasswork, and design. These designs will be shared at the prestigious International Folk Art Market and in different markets and trade shows around the world. He dreams of building a new, larger showroom, continuing to expand his business, and eventually training local youth in traditional bead-making.