A loan of $800 helped to buy additives and ceramic powder.

Juan Vicente's story

57-year-old Juan makes porcelain figurines and sells them to stores. He lives in a peri-urban area with all the basic services that is located in the Perimetral de Guayaquil area, surrounded by a marsh.

Juan makes porcelain figurines with ceramic powder. The process is simple. First, he mixes in some additives and makes a mass. Then he puts it in special molds in the form of figurines. Afterwards, he puts them in a kiln heated to 60 degrees centigrade. He lets them cool and then begins painting their faces. He starts making the figurines at 8am and in the afternoon sells them in the center of the city.

With the loan, he wants to buy materials such as additives and ceramic powder to make more figurines and have greater income. In the future he wants to operate the business out of his home and have a dental clinic for his oldest daughter.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jacqueline Demeranville

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