"My greatest dream is to be able to give our daughter a good life… I want her to love herself and recognize her great potential and use it in a good way, so she can be an agent of change."
As a little girl, Cristina Sajvin showed a great ability for weaving on the backstrap loom. The young mother and artisan was born in 1996 in Solala.
"When I was six, my mother began teaching me to weave and embroider so I'd develop the skills to earn a living. I went to live with my aunt in Antigua when I was nine, because my mother struggled to support our large family. I looked for opportunities to sell our textile arts in this small colonial city.
"As time went by, I met my husband Ronny and our daughter was born in 2013. Starting a family wasn't easy because we didn't have the money for everything a baby needs. But together and with God's help, we've been able to overcome all obstacles. I think faith and true love are a mighty force for getting ahead in life.
"Today, I use my handwoven fabric to embellish handbags that Ronny and I sell in tourist areas. Working hard together, we've been able to build a small house of our own.
"It all began with my first sale. I never imagined one of our biggest opportunities would come our way. It's wonderful be able to work with Novica, who has opened a door to show our designs to the world and lets our hard work and passion be recognized.
"My greatest dream is to be able to give our daughter a good life. I want her to have many opportunities to grow — not only economically but also as a good person. I always ask God to let me have what's needed to guide her to become a good woman, so she is respected. Most important, I want her to love herself and recognize her great potential and use it in a good way, so she can be an agent of change. And if she can give something back to her country, that she do so with much pride."