Total loan: $5,000


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Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase wood, paint, jute, polish, and sandpaperand bring on additional carvers at his workshop.

Salihu's story

Salihu is an artisan from Ghana who specializes in hand-carved wood masks and sculptures. For this loan, he would like to invest in a bulk purchase of wood, paint, jute, polish, and sandpaper and bring on additional carvers at his workshop..

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 to the then Akwamu chief of 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, and, today, I have apprentice carvers working with me to learn the art."

He adds, "You have helped make me what I am today. Without the kind of assistance that you have been giving to me I could not have grown my business. I thank you sincerely, and may Allah bless you."

Visit http://www.novica.com/kiva/3753 to view Salihu's hand-carved wood masks and sculptures on the NOVICA site.