Total loan: $1,400


Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to invest in a bulk purchase of beads and thread.

Cristobal's story

Cristobal is an artisan from Guatemala who specializes in handcrafted beaded jewelry. He would like to invest in a bulk purchase of beads and thread.

Cristobal has been selling through NOVICA since 2017. This is his story:

"I'm Cristobal, and I was born near Lake Atitlan in 1971. I design and create beaded, crocheted and macramé bracelets, which I began learning to create when I was seven years old. Setting up a workshop was my biggest adventure because I didn't have any funding. However, many people trusted me and wanted to work with me. It's been a pleasure to teach them, so that they can have a secure income.

My path in life hasn't been easy, but I know that God's purpose is bigger than the adversities I've experienced. What I most enjoy is that art has a spirit of freedom because it isn't limiting. I can express myself through designs and colors, and it never goes out of style. I want to see my community prosper and be a stepping-stone for hardworking people. Together, we will continue this craft.

Thank you for helping promote development in our indigenous community of Santiago Atitlan. God bless you."

Use the link below to view Cristobal's handcrafted beaded jewelry on the NOVICA site: