A loan of $2,600 helps to invest in a bulk purchase of wood and paint.

Jose's story

Jose is an artisan from Guatemala who specializes in wood sculptures. He would like to invest in a bulk purchase of wood and paint. He has been selling through NOVICA since 2010. This is his story:

Born in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, Jose learned his craft from his father.

“When I was younger he would only allow me to sandpaper a piece, and as I got older he would let me paint too. It wasn't until I was older that he'd finally let me carve the wood. I remember well the first piece I ever did completely on my own: an angel. I put it among the things my father took to the market to sell, and then I lost track of it! I hope it got sold to someone who appreciated it because at the time I was only an apprentice. I really appreciate your support. Last year I had two facial effusions that greatly affected my economic situation. This microcredit will help me invest in my business and increase production."

Use the link below to view Jose's wood sculptures on the NOVICA site:


This loan is special because:

It gives artisans working capital at 0% interest rates.

Natalie R., Kiva staff

Natalie R.
Kiva staff

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