A loan of $5,000 helps to invest in a bulk purchase of silver and gemstones.
Sukartini is an artisan from Indonesia who specializes in handcrafted jewelry. She would like to invest in a bulk purchase of silver and gemstones.
Sukartini has been selling through NOVICA since 2005. This is her story:
"My mother instilled in me the value of a 'Balinese woman,' including how to prepare temple offerings. At the age of 16, I studied at SMIK (Sekolah Menengah Industri Kerajinan) in Gianyar where I learned batik, ceramics and other home industries. Back from school, I took an apprenticeship with a silversmith in a village where they specialized in jewelry. Today I work together with local silversmiths to promote Bali's beauty in our own way. We make different kinds of jewelry, mostly with sterling silver, in both traditional and modern styles.
"Thank you for giving me this loan. I am using it for replenishing my products and making some new designs for year-end sales. God bless you all."
Use the link below to view Sukartini's handcrafted jewelry on the NOVICA site: http://www.novica.com/kiva/4978/