African Wood Mask, "Sign of Protection"
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A master of traditional African design, Godfred France creates a mask that arises from his own imagination. Its serene circular shape is harmonious, balanced by big round eyes and a gently rounded mouth. But it is the rich repoussé ornamentation that distinguishes this handcrafted work of art. It is named Gratu, a Hausa word that means "protection."
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.