A loan of $200 helped to invest in materials for his work, such as jade and sterling silver.

Rafael's story

Rafael is a Guatemalan artisan who specializes in handcrafted, jade-and-silver jewelry. He would like to invest in materials, such as jade and sterling silver, for his work.

Rafael has been selling through NOVICA since 2013. This is his story:

"I have a great love for jewelry; this is my vocation. In the 1980s, my father learned to create designs with jade. With the passing years, he came to craft very good jewelry. When I was 12, I began helping in the workshop after school and, little by little, I learned the art. I hope to be able to sell my own designs so that my father's dream of having a large workshop can come true. I dream that my wife and I can go to college one day and work hard, so that we can give our children everything they need."

"I'm very grateful for this opportunity, because it's a huge help to me and a way for us to get ahead. Often, we have to stop production when we run out of materials. This microcredit will let me buy a bit of silver and jade and develop new designs. I thank all of you very much for your assistance and for understanding an artisan's needs."

Use the link below to view Rafael's silver and gemstone jewelry on the NOVICA site:


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