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Total loan: $1,200

Juan

Chichicastenango, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to invest in a bulk purchase of wood and paint and acquire a new polisher and auger for their workshop.


Juan's story

Juan (pictured left), who works alongside his wife Carolina (pictured right), is an artisan from Guatemala who specializes in hand-painted rustic wood sculptures. They would like to invest in a bulk purchase of wood and paint and acquire a new polisher and auger for their workshop. Juan has been selling through Novica since 2018. This is his story:

Juan and Carolina are a Guatemalan couple whose art has been handed down from generations. "I come from a family of artisans," Juan says. "My father created all kinds of items carved from wood, and I learned from him. He patiently taught me all the processes. He was my best teacher and my greatest admirer. I know he'd be proud of me today."

"I was born in a world surrounded by wonderful handicrafts," Carolina says. "But it wasn't until I met Juan that I was able to describe the work involved. Juan and I have two beautiful daughters, and they're the reason we work so hard. They are our source of strength."

Inspired by the beauty of Guatemala, Juan and Carolina create unique images filled with color. Their rustic details give them an antique effect, and they form part of the family's inheritance.

"Thank you very much, dear friends, for your trust and support. This loan will help us continue building our business. Happy new year!"

Use the link to view their hand-painted rustic wood sculptures on the Novica site:
http://www.novica.com/kiva/12116/