Circling the neck with a wonderful array of white and dark green jade alongside green jasper, natural tiger's eye, and mystical amethyst, this long necklace from Guatemala is designed and crafted by Lorena Cofino. Inspired by the Hindu japa mala prayer necklaces, she beads this accessory with exactly 108 stones, often used to help count while reciting mantras.
Lorena depends on her NOVICA sales to help her increase her livelihood. She would like to grow her project so she can hire women with small children and help them earn a dignified income.
Lorena Cofiño has received 2 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $200 and the most recent for $400.
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