A loan of $1,275 helped a member the purchase of clay, firewood, lead, celite and paint for making pots, pans and jars.

Las Alfareras Group's story

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".

In this group: Fidelia , Jaime , Gregoria , Pompilia, Virginia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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