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Oscar, a Peruvian artisan who specializes in leather home accents, would like a loan to invest in the purchase of leather, wood, lacquer and sealant to continue production. Oscar has been selling through NOVICA since 2004. This is his story:

"When I was 10 years old my father died, leaving me no choice but to work at different jobs. One day, when I was 12, I came upon a carpentry shop where I discovered my vocation for working with wood and leather. I resolved to master the craft, and I did so on my own, learning each step and improving every detail. Now I have my own workshop. I see my work as an art form, not just something to be sold, and my work fills my life in a way I cannot explain."

"Please receive my most heartfelt thanks for contributing to this microcredit. It is amazing to find out there are people in the world who offer their support without expecting anything in return. This makes me so very happy -- it makes me feel like I'm one of the luckiest people in the world!"

Use the link below to view Oscar's leather home accents on the NOVICA site:

Additional Information

Important information about Novica

Novica is an e-commerce website that allows artisans around the world to sell unique, high-quality goods directly to consumers. It also offers small loans to help artisans in the developing world start and grow their businesses. It’s possible to buy goods created by the artisans you help fund on the Novica website.

Repayments on Novica loans are tied to artisan revenue. This means that if an artisan has a good month, they will pay back more -- or less during slower months. To accommodate this, all repayments on this loan are due at the end of the loan term. Any repayments received before this deadline will be considered pre-payments, but will still be distributed to lenders as usual.

Because Novica is not a microfinance institution, Kiva’s risk rating system is not applicable. Kiva has conducted onsite due diligence, and Kiva’s Investment Committee approved the organization as a partner. Novica offers artisans loans at 0% interest.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 77
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $61,860,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,300 helped Oscar to invest in the purchase of leather, wood, lacquer and sealant to continue production.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
May 7, 2013
Apr 4, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2013