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NOVICA Artisan Edenilson Zaldaña

Edenilson Zaldaña

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I'm from El Salvador but I've lived in Nicaragua for most of my life. It's a wonderful country that has opened doors of opportunity to me.

I craft jewelry with the famous macramé technique. It's an art that lets me express many things through the combination of shapes and colors.

"It's been a few years now since I began working in jewelry. I needed to find something extra that could help me cover the needs of my two daughters.

"I started out in a small way, but the project filled me with excitement and dreams. Shoppers were few and far between but, as my designs became known, people admired my work and began seeking it out. They were an important part of my progress.

"As I mentioned, I have two beautiful daughters. They're the reason I keep going day by day. They're my greatest strength and my greatest happiness. For them, I strive to improve myself every day and become a better person. I want them to grow up to be good people.

"I hope to give my girls the chance to earn a university degree, so I work very hard. In addition to my jewelry, I put on fire shows at night. The excitement, the adrenaline rush… I love it! This has also let me meet more people who are interested in my jewelry.

"It's an honor to be able to show my designs all over the world. This shows me that my time and effort have not been in vain."