A loan of $300 helped to purchase raw materials such as quality leather and hand-loomed textiles.

Karina Mercedes's story

Karina is an artisan in Guatemala who specializes in leather handbags featuring traditional weavings. To continue production she would like to invest in the purchase of quality leather as well as hand-loomed textiles.

Karina has been selling through NOVICA since 2011. This is her story:

"I was born in the capital, but I lived for nine years in the picturesque village of Amatitlan. At college, I'd spend vacations creating clothing collections based on our beautiful handwoven 'jaspe' fabric. Today my leather handbags feature insets of the beautiful brocades woven by Maya women on backstrap looms for 'huipil' blouses. Their weaving motifs date back more than 1,200 years."

"I have always loved the traditional 'huipiles' (blouses and dresses) that women wear in Guatemala, and so I looked for a way to promote their art and work closely with them. I want to thank you for your support and trust, especially through this microcredit. It will help generate more work and income for me and for many women in the community for the next several months."

Use the link below to view Karina's handbags on the NOVICA site:

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