A loan of $400 helped to invest in the purchase of silver to increase jewelry production.

Ruben's story

Ruben and Gilda are a husband and wife team of artisans in Guatemala who specialize in jade jewelry. They would like to invest in the purchase of silver to increase production.

Ruben and Gilda have been selling through NOVICA since 2012. This is their story:

"Our story begins in a town near Antigua. Gilda grew up in a home of woodcarvers and I grew up in a family of silversmiths. We began our first steps as artisans while still going to school. We met when we were 16 years old, both very young and very much in love. We are artisans who work with our hearts, with dedication and love."

"It makes us very happy to know that you appreciate the value of our handcrafted jewelry, and we're grateful for your trust in us. Artisan work isn't really appreciated in our country, so we rely on looking for acceptance beyond our borders. In that way we get to preserve our traditional jewelry techniques. This microcredit is a much-appreciated opportunity for us, because we hardly have access to other types of credit, or else we can't cope with the high interest."

Use the link below to view Ruben and Gilda's handcrafted jade jewelry on the NOVICA site:

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