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Las Alfareras Group
In this Group: Fidelia , Jaime , Gregoria , Pompilia, Virginia
This solidarity group is called Las Alfareras ["The Potters"]. It is located in the community of Barrio Santiago, Acteopan, in the state of Puebla, Mexico. The group is made up of 5 members who know each other because they are neighbours. This is their first loan with Fundacion Realidad.

The representative of the group is Miss Pompilia T. A., age 37, who studied until the 6th grade and obtained her primary certificate. She is single and has no children. She is a potter and needs a loan to purchase clay, firewood, lead, celite, and paint for decorating her pans, pots and jars of various sizes and models. From a very young age she has enjoyed helping her father with this work, and he taught her how to work with clay. She has been in this business for 15 years and her father, mother and brother are involved in the making of the products. Some will cut the clay, others will crush it and others put on the plaster, handles and edges of the pans, pots and jars. She considers her business to be important because it generates the income for her household costs, food and savings to continue purchasing materials. This is a family business; generations of her family have worked in pottery. She takes great satisfaction in seeing her completed pans, pots and jars because they are very beautiful; and she gets great satisfaction when her customers say that they are beautiful. They bring their products to sell in the Ozumba plaza on Tuesdays, and also in Tonatico, in the state of Mexico. They have much competition since these are locations where much pottery is offered for sale. The good thing is that Pompilia already has customers who only buy from her because of her quality, good price and good service. Her earnings are used to purchase more clay and firewood, and she saves to cover her household costs.

Barrio Santiago, Acteopan, in the state of Puebla is a very beautiful village. There are trees and fields, and they sow sorghum, corn, and peanuts and use donkeys, horses and mules to work in the fields. They use yoked oxen to plough the land. There are paved roads, some with cobblestone and some cement. They have a festival in the neighbourhood of Santiago on July 25th where they celebrate mass, have a procession, and set off fireworks. There is dancing, the Chinelos [a traditional Mexican dance] and food for all who go to the Santiago neighbourhood party.

Pompilia and her family dream and hope to purchase a truck to transport the clay, firewood and their merchandise for sale to Tonatico in the state of Mexico.

The group members are: Fidelia M. P., who will use her loan to purchase clay, lead, celite and paint to make her pots and pans; Mrs Jaime T. M., who will purchase clay and ceramic to make her rustic flowerpots; Mrs Gregoria Montano H., who will purchase lead, firewood, clay etc for the making of her pans; Pompilia T. A., who will purchase clay, lead, firewood, celite and paint to make her pans, pots and jars; and Mrs Virginia B., who will purchase clay to make her pans.

The group members want to tell Kiva and Fundacion Realidad "thank you for your confidence in us, and we will repay the loan so that you will lend to us again".
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Este grupo solidario se llama Las Alfareras. Esta ubicado en la comunidad de Barrio Santiago, Acteopan, en el estado de Puebla, México. El grupo esta conformado por 5 integrantes que se conocen por ser vecinos. Este es su 1er. Préstamo con Fundación Realidad.
El representante del grupo es la señorita Pompilia T. A. tiene 37 años de edad, estudio hasta el 6º. Año de primaria obteniendo su certificado de primaria, Ella es soltera no tiene hijos y se dedica a la Alfarería y necesita el préstamo para comprar barro, leña, greta, celite, pintura para elaborar sus cazuelas, ollas y jarros en varios tamaños y modelos. Ella desde muy pequeña le gusto ayudarle a su papa con el trabajo y le fue enseñando como se trabaja el barro, tiene en el negocio 15 años y participan en el la elaboración de sus productos, su papá, su mamá y su hermano unos cortan el barro, otros lo machucan y otro va poniendo las cintas, las asas y las orillas a las cazuelas, ollas y jarros. Ella considera importante su negocio porque de ahí tienen ingresos para los gastos de su casa, la alimentación y para ir ahorrando para seguir comprando la materia prima este negocio ya viene de familia, pues se a trabajado por generaciones en la alfarería, le proporciona gran satisfacción ver sus cazuelas, ollas y jarros ya terminados por que se ven muy bonitos, o cuando los clientes les dicen que están muy bonito. Ellos llevan sus productos a vender a la plaza de Ozumba los martes. Y también a Tonatico, estado de México, se enfrenta mucha competencia pues éstos son lugares donde especialmente se vende alfarería, lo bueno es que la señorita Pompilia ya tiene clientes que solo le compran a ella por su calidad, buen precio y buen servicio, las ganancias que obtienen son para comprar mas barro, leña y va guardando para pagar los gastos de la casa. Barrio Santiago, Acteopan, Estado de Puebla es un pueblo bonito hay árboles, campo, siembran sorgo, milpa, cacahuate y utilizan para trabajar en el campo los burros, caballos, mulas utilizan las yuntas de bueyes para arar sus tierras, sus calles pavimentadas, algunas con adoquín o cemento, también hay una fiesta del barrio Santiago el 25 de Julio celebran misa, procesión, queman castillo, hay baile, chinelos y comida para todos los que van a la fiesta del barrio Santiago. Sus sueños y esperanzas son comprar una camioneta para transportar el barro, la leña y también su mercancía que van a vender a Tonatico Estado de México.
Las integrantes del grupo son Fidelia M. P. y va a comprar con su préstamo barro, greta, celite y pintura para elaborar sus ollas y cazuelas, la Señora Jaime T. Martínez va a comprar barro, Tierra blanca para elaborar sus macetas rusticas, La señora Gregoria M. H. va a comprar greta, leña, barro, etc. para elaborar sus cazuelas, la señorita Pompilia T. A. va a comprar barro, greta, leña, celite, pintura para elaborar sus cazuelas, ollas y jarros, la señora Virginia B. B. va a compra barro para elaborar sus cazuelas.
Las integrantes del grupo quieren decir a Kiva y a Fundación Realidad “agradecerles que confían en nosotros y si vamos a cumplir con el pago, para que nos vuelvan a prestar.”

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 14
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $18,793,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.7
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Las Alfareras Group's $1,275 loan helped a member the purchase of clay, firewood, lead, celite and paint for making pots, pans and jars.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jul 23, 2010
Listed
Aug 2, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jan 15, 2012