A loan of $1,800 helped to invest in the purchase of jade and silver to make jewelry.

Zandra's story

Zandra is a Guatemalan artisan specializing in handcrafted jade jewelry. She would like to invest in the purchase of jade and silver to increase production.

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

"The first thing I ever made on my own was a pair of silver earrings. My husband taught me so I could help him. As I saw the jewelry I had been crafting and saw how beautiful it was, I felt happy. It has not been easy getting established as an artisan because silver is very expensive and it's difficult to purchase. But when you set your own mind to it, you can achieve your goals. I like to work with jade because it is a sacred stone for us Maya people. Jade used to be worn as an amulet, and those who wore the most jade pieces where considered to be the most important people in the community. Retaining the value of our traditions is always important."

"To me, this microcredit is an opportunity to develop new designs and afford the materials needed to craft them. Thank you so much for your support!"

Use the link below to view Zandra's jade jewelry on the NOVICA site:

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