Total loan: $700


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Lima, Lima, Peru / Arts

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A loan helped to invest in the purchase of raw materials for his crafts business.

Wilfredo's story

Wilfredo is a Peruvian artisan who specializes in hand-tooled leather furniture. He would like to invest in the purchase of raw materials, including leather and wood, in order to build up his stock of finished products. Wilfredo has been selling through NOVICA since 2009. This is his story: "When I was 13, in 1936, I went to work for a neighbor who crafted saddles. In 1954, I went to Lima in search of a better life. I saw a newspaper ad for a specialist to sew hemp by hand and was hired. The workshop crafted leather furniture, and, after a month, I took the place of the master craftsman when he retired. Today, my sons work with me. However, I've gone back to the traditional handmade techniques I learned at the beginning. I create the designs that once took us out of extreme poverty and opened a new path for us in this world. Please receive a hug from across the miles as my way of thanking you for your selfless contribution to this microcredit loan. It will help me make more furniture, which in turn should help my sales." Use the link below to view Wilfredo's wood and tooled leather furniture on the NOVICA site: http://www.novica.com/kiva/7202