A loan of $500 helped to stock up on raw materials for his hand-carved sculptures and masks and also to buy an electric jigsaw.


Diego's story

Diego is a wood-carver from Guatemala. Diego would like to stock up on raw materials for his hand-carved sculptures and masks and also buy an electric jigsaw. Diego has been selling through NOVICA since 2010. This is his story:

"I am a Maya woodcarver. At age 10, I left school to help my father work in the fields. Eventually, I began selling wooden masks, then learned to carve and paint them, while still helping my father. I am a devout Catholic, so I then began carving images of saints. Today, I have taught my art to six people, and I have been able to put my children, who are also wood carvers, through school.

"I'm very grateful to you because you're helping me a lot. Sometimes, I don't sell much, so this money helps me to continue working and producing. The micro-credit last year was a huge help, as you gave me a hand at a time when things were really tough for me. I want to buy an electric jigsaw, which will help me work faster and improve my quality because, at the moment, we do the cutting with a machete."

Use the link below to view Diego's wood sculptures and masks on the NOVICA site:
http://www.novica.com/kiva/7299



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