Deep in the rainforest, a crested bird emerges from shadow. Maria Estela Perlera de Portillo designs a pinewood box with a mosaic cover. Four shades of wood are used to create the handcrafted chest.
- 0.53 kgs
- 1.2 lbs
- 6 cm H x 22 cm W x 17 cm D
- 2.4" H x 8.75" W x 6.75" D
Maria Estela increased tourism in her hometown by inviting tourists into her workshop and showing them how she creates and paints her designs. Because of this, she is able to give work to other artisans in her workshop.
This artist is currently supporting and providing for the education of their children, grandchildren, or children in their community, whether it be at the primary, secondary, or university level.
Maria Estela has been able to work hard and increase her income through the sales of her work. This has enabled her to increase her livelihood and that of the artisans that assist her.
Maria Estela Perlera de Portillo has received 3 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $200 and the most recent for $250.
NOVICA sales make up most of her income and is what she uses to support the other artisans who work with her.
The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.
Maria Estela received a local award for second best micro-business person in her town.
This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.
This artist supports children under the age of 18.