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José is from Lima, Peru, where he has his basket stand.

José’s mother taught him how to weave palms when he was a little boy. He went to school and started working in construction, as art wasn’t really valuable in Peru at the time. He then studied to become a mechanic in order to create a better life for himself, but his dream was always to be an artist and to export his goods.

He bought his own plot of land when he was 17, and built his own house. He married ten years later and raised his three kids on that plot of land.

Unfortunately his wife and him separated, and he lost his home. He now lives in a rented room. His goal is to follow his childhood dream of exporting his art.

José is very passionate about his work. He is a soft spoken, hardworking and creative man, very eager to succeed.