Have you heard of Novica? Novica is an organization that wants to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. They want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.
They want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe. NOVICA. The World is Your Market.
Novica lets you browse gifts from across the globe, but it is more than that. It allows native people around the world to be able to sell their wares, and thus helps them make a living. One of the features I like best about them is that enable anyone to finance an artist or entrepreneur anywhere in the world through Microfinance Loans. From their website:
In a climate where the world’s most challenged entrepreneurs are subjected to painfully high interest rates, we’ve cut out all the financial middlemen, and in true Novica fashion, we’ve taken matters into our own hands.
We are proud to have launched the first-ever microfinance website where customers can purchase products and lend money directly to artisans, with loans at 0% interest!
0% Interest…. are we crazy?! It sounds too good to be true, but this concept is only possible due to the presence of Novica offices in each of our regions. In addition to distributing all customer orders, these offices now also serve as disbursement centers for Artisan Loans, providing artisans access to the credit they need to grow their business.
You can find many, many unique products for sale on the NOVICA site. From Home decor, Jewelry, Furniture, and more. Prices are quite reasonable, and each purchase you make comes with a card introducing you to the person who made the item.