A loan of $2,800 helped to invest in a bulk purchase of raw materials, repair the netting on his looms, and make improvements to his workshop.


Gregorio's story

Gregorio is a Mexican artisan in Oaxaca who weaves traditional Zapotec rugs from wool tinted with organic dyes. He would like to invest in a bulk purchase of raw materials, repair the netting on his looms, and make improvements to his workshop.

Gregorio has been selling through NOVICA since 2004. This is his story:

"My grandmother would take me to buy wool. She'd wash it, card it, spin it and dye the yarn. This job is traditionally done by women. By the age of 12, I could reach the pedals of the handloom. Ever since, I've woven rugs, and now my sons have also learned our craft. My favorite patterns are of mountains and rows of diamonds because they remind me a lot of my father. I feel proud that my sons also weave. We are able to support our families without having to leave home.

"I would like to congratulate all of you on this wonderful initiative, and thank you for the support you offer to me and my family."

Use the link below to view Gregorio's Zapotec wool rugs on the NOVICA site:

http://www.novica.com/kiva/4534



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