Nyoman has been selling through NOVICA since 2002. This is his story:
“I learned to carve at a very young age. Handicrafts are becoming the main wage earner in my village. My experiences have led me to concentrate on carved masks. I learned to design from my father; this craft is taught and learned from generation to generation. The material I most commonly use is hibiscus wood. It has good characteristics and it isn’t too heavy.”
“At the moment I’m having trouble buying wood when I should be preparing my stock for the holiday season. I think this microcredit project offers us good opportunities, and so I thank all of you for your participation. Now I will be able to concentrate on carving and increasing my stock. I hope it will sell well so I can repay the loan within a short time period.”
Use the link below to view Nyoman’s hand-carved Balinese masks on the NOVICA site:
In October 2012, Elon Microfinance Initiative helped Nyoman fund his business with a $25 loan.