A loan of $400 helped to invest in the purchase of new tools and equipment to process metal pieces for his sculptures.


Miguel's story

Peruvian artisan Miguel specializes in recycling auto parts and metal into beautiful sculptures. He would like to invest in the purchase of new tools and equipment to process the metal pieces for his art. He has been selling through NOVICA since 2007. This is his story:

"I'm a self-taught and impassioned artist; I was only a 13-year-old child when I began to make my own toys. I used to tear apart other toys and use their components to create my own versions. That's how I got into making sculptures, but this time by recycling mechanical parts. One day, when I was working on the sculpture of a medieval knight, I was missing some pieces so I went to a friend's auto-shop. He said I could take anything I needed from a metal box he had lying around. Three days later my friend came by and asked about some pieces he needed, which he had left outside the box. Needless to say, I had taken them, but they were already welded into the sculpture. I had to go with my friend to meet the owner of the truck for which those parts were originally intended, and explain to him they were now part of a sculpture. Rather than getting angry he was fascinated and bought it! He christened the sculpture, 'The Son of the Mercedes,' because those parts were intended for a Mercedes Benz."

"I would like to thank you for your continued support of my art. With this microcredit, I'll be able to continue developing my original sculptures."

Use the link below to view Miguel's recycled metal sculptures on the NOVICA site: http://www.novica.com/artistdetail/index.cfm?faid=6243



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