Wood mask, "Hope"
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For Godfred France, this extraordinary mask represents hope, or yawawa in the Gonja language. He carves the sese wood mask by hand and adorns with ornate aluminum plates, as well as with painted details to create a spectacular effect.
Godfred supports himself and five others in his family. Since the majority of his family's income comes from NOVICA, each order helps improve their livelihoods.
Godfred France has received 10 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $450 and the most recent for $900. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of wood, metal plates and sandpaper for production.
With his sales from NOVICA, Godfred is able to support the education of his three children as well as the daughters of his deceased sisters.
This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.
Godfred hires assistants during periods of high demand.