"I try to teach my children to never give up on their dreams and to always go after them. It has been a long road to get here since I'm not one to remain doubtful about anything."
"My life plans have always included being a good mother – I have four children – and a good wife, as well as succeeding in my professional life without sacrificing my family. My dream is to share all that I have to offer and provide for my children. This includes the tools they'll need to be happy and successful.
"I'm Monica – Mona to my friends – and ever since I was a little girl I've had a special ability and interest in painting. With time I realized I was also skillful at sculpting. I also developed a passion for the traditional costumes of Guatemala. The realization of my talents and what I like has guided me as I explored my creativity.
"I started putting together a portfolio with the designs I that I made, which included apparel, furniture and handbags, and I started researching on my own how to create what I now do. I traveled to visit the people who could teach me what I needed to know in order to grow. I wanted to know all that I could in order to design items that made sense to me and would make me happy when finished.
"So, I had given shape to my dreams, but needed people to make them come true. I got hold of a basic sewing machine and I started sewing. During the first year and a half I got to know a lot about this kind work and its challenges, and now I expect high quality and responsibility from the artisans who work with me.
"Gradually people started taking an interest in what I was doing, and that's how I started this venture of mine. My husband has been very supportive and he encourages me to go forward. My niece, who is skillful with her hands, is now my assistant and she has good ideas too. I like having her by my side so she can learn and gain experience for the future. My brother is also very supportive and helps me with all things digital.
"My oldest daughter also contributes her designs – she is not a formal part of the team because she is also studying, which is the most important thing. However it fills me with great pride that she shares an interest for what I do.
"I try to teach my children to never give up on their dreams and to always go after them. It has been a long road to get here since I'm not one to remain doubtful about anything. I enjoy researching and finding the answer to the 'what ifs.' I don't accept 'it cannot be done' replies. I like to try anyway, and I have always accomplished.
"Originality is what I like most, and I'm impassioned about my work. I challenge myself daily to create new items for my customers. I don't design every day as it is a desire that must awaken naturally, usually when I'm alone, it's quiet and I'm about to go to sleep. My greatest achievement is seeing my designs crafted and finished.
"I appreciate the way in which Novica customers support my work, as well as that of thousands of artisans and artists around the world."