A loan of $700 helped to stock up on materials for his wood carvings.


Nana's story

Nana is a Ghanaian artisan who specializes in hand-carved traditional African furnishings, ceremonial items, and masks. He hopes to stock up on materials for his beautiful wood carvings.

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

"I am currently the chief carver for the king of the Ashanti because of my great ability in carving. Some of my work for the king includes objects with the gye nyame (symbol for the supremacy of God), stools, staffs, and other royal and ceremonial objects. I have trained and qualified about ten men in the art of skilled carving. I draw inspiration from traditional kente cloth designs, from my family background, and from our rich Ashanti tradition.

My dream has always been to invest in my children's education. I am happy to say that this is now possible – two of my sons are in university, they are the first of our family to obtain a higher education. My other primary goal is to help my community so that the poverty that plagues them will be eradicated completely. Above all, I wish to help make it possible for peace and tranquility to prevail in my community and the nation of Ghana as a whole.

I am most grateful to the donors for helping me. Thank you!"

Use the link below to view Nana's wood carvings on the NOVICA site:
http://www.novica.com/kiva/1482



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