A loan of $300 helped to invest in the purchase of quality wood and paints, and also to cover labor costs.


Samuel's story

Ghanaian artisan Samuel specializes in making hand-carved African masks and sculptures. He would like to invest in the purchase of quality wood and paints, and also to cover labor costs.

Samuel has been selling through NOVICA since 2000. This is his story:

"I used to work as a messenger in a bank, but I realized I could do much better things with my life so I decided to go into arts, especially carving. I did not really undergo any actual training, but started carving bit by bit and sometimes sought help from my other colleagues. Sometimes I assisted them too. Eventually I became very skilled in carving and I then decided to settle for full time carving and depend solely on my own ideas to carve. Now I have assistants and I also train other carvers."

"Thanks to all of you for taking part in this microcredit. You encourage me to continue with my craft."

Use the link below to view Samuel's hand-carved wood art on the NOVICA site:
http://www.novica.com/kiva/2104



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