Total loan: $7,700


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Sacatepéquez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Arts

Gilda's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to invest in a bulk purchase of silver and jade.

Gilda's story

Gilda, who works alongside her husband, Ruben (shown on left), has nearly paid off her previous loan. She would like to invest in another bulk purchase of jade and silver for her handcrafted jewelry and masks.

Gilda has been selling through NOVICA since 2012. This is her story:

"Our story begins in a town near Antigua. Gilda grew up in a home of woodcarvers and I grew up in a family of silversmiths," Ruben explains. "We began our first steps as artisans while still going to school. We met when we were 16 years old, both very young and very much in love," Gilda says with a smile. "We are artisans who work with our hearts, with dedication and love.

"Many thanks to those who support us with the microcredit and all those who work at Novica. I love them very much; they are my second family. This support benefits us a lot. Personally, I feel very happy because my workers have a permanent job at this time, and I can guarantee the education of Alejandro, my youngest son. God bless you."

Use the link below to view Gilda's handcrafted jade jewelry and Maya masks on the NOVICA site: