A loan of $600 helped to stock up on the materials she uses in her jewelry, such as silver and gemstones, so she can increase production.


Carmen's story

Carmen is a Peruvian artisan who creates handcrafted silver jewelry. Carmen hopes to stock up on the materials she uses in her jewelry, such as silver and gemstones, so she can increase production.

Carmen has been selling through NOVICA since 2008. This is her story:

"It was through jewelry that I met my husband. He taught me so much, and is still by my side, helping me perfect my work and giving me his total support. I find a great deal of satisfaction in my work. For me, my art is a fusion of fantasy and reality. My artistic name is Zilhi, in honor of our daughter, and it means 'Star.' Now we both use this artistic name, as our art is also born from our union.

"I am so grateful to you who are giving us a hand with this microcredit, because you are permitting the development of our wonderful jewelry art. This craft provides us with an income for our families and also contributes to the development of our society. Thank you!"

Use the link below to view Carmen's jewelry on the NOVICA site: http://www.novica.com/kiva/6738



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