A loan of $1,400 helped to purchase raw materials and supplies and to expand production by hiring additional local weavers for her workshop.


Luisa's story

Luisa specializes in cotton accessories and apparel for men and women. She would like to expand production by adding more local weavers to her workshop, and she would like to purchase additional raw materials and supplies, including combs for the looms, leather, and threads.

Luisa has been selling through NOVICA since 2010. This is her story: "My story is really the story of my whole family, beginning with my parents. My father was passionate about growing cotton, a crop that originated with the Mayans. We work with only three pure colors. Apart from the crude cotton color, we use a seed known as ixcaco that produces brown cotton. We call our third color jade. All the rest of our colors are a result of combining fibers and threads from these three when weaving the fabric. I am thankful to be considered for this micro-loan, because it means I'll be able to offer work to women weavers from about 30 communities."

Use the link below to view Luisa's cotton accessories and apparel on the NOVICA site: http://www.novica.com/artistdetail/index.cfm?faid=7298



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