A loan of $1,050 helped to purchase gemstones in bulk and upgrade his stone-cutting tools.


Cesar's story

Cesar creates realistic sculptures and figurines from gemstones. He would like to stock up on raw materials and also upgrade his stone-cutting tools.

Cesar has been selling through NOVICA since 2003. This is his story:

Cesar has worked as a stone carver since 1988. Cesar works with serpentine, rose manganese, calcite, celestite, red jasper, mottramite, chrysocolla, rhodochrosite and quartz. "I work in stone because of the beautiful things that can be made with each kind," he says. "I like stone's naturalness and purity of color." Of his four children, it is his eldest daughter who has shown the most interest in her father's art and in carrying on his craft.

"Selling my works through NOVICA has elevated my sense of inspiration, motivating me to continue growing as an artist and to develop new designs. My problem is that sometimes it's hard to find good quality stones — every day it seems they are scarcer and more expensive. When I heard about this interest-free microcredit opportunity, I felt a huge relief. Now I won't miss an opportunity to buy good materials. Thank you so much!"

Use the link below to view Cesar's work on the NOVICA site: http://www.novica.com/artistdetail/index.cfm?faid=3600



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