A loan of $200 helped to invest in the purchase of larger amounts of cotton yarn, for increasing production.


Fred's story

Fred is the head of a family of artisans in the Volta region of Ghana that specializes in traditional kente weaves. He would like to invest in the purchase of larger amounts of cotton yarn, for increasing production. Fred and his family have been selling through NOVICA since 2001. This is their story:

"We are a family of weavers who have been weaving kente cloths since 1821. Although the fratricidal wars have at one time or another endangered this ancient family business, the art has always been carried on or rejuvenated by another family member. I am the head of a family of twelve brothers and sisters - all kente weavers. Working on traditional looms, we use our whole body to work this intricate, ancient craft. Each color has its own meaning in Asante culture, and patterns are carefully chosen symbols, which the master weaver develops and names, often to honor people, historical events, or proverbs."

"We appreciate the initiative that offers us this microcredit, because it makes it possible for us to purchase the raw materials that we work with. Bank loans in Ghana are very expensive, so we thank you very much for your support."

Use the link below to view Fred and family's kente weaves on the NOVICA site: http://www.novica.com/kiva/2644



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