A loan of $1,600 helped a member to buy clay, brushes, firewood, enamel, grout and molds.

Las Camelinitas Group's story

Fernanda, 23, relates that since she was very little she learned how to work with clay because since she didn’t have the opportunity to go to school she decided to go to work with clay. She relates that her parents taught her since she was a little girl to do crafts and six years ago she and her husband started their own crafts business. She says that this season what she sells the most are butterflies; she paints them like monarchs since the monarch butterfly sanctuary is located in her location. She also sells pots to make piñatas for the December season.

Fernanda is married to Raymundo who is a craftsman and day laborer. They have two children. The oldest is named Grisel and she’s 6 years old and attends elementary school. The little one is Jennifer, 4, and she attends Kindergarten.

She’s requesting the loan to buy clay, brushes, firewood, enamel, paint, grout and molds to make figurines. Her business goal is to continue making various types of crafts like jugs, large pots, dishes and various clay crafts.

The other four members will use their loans to buy supplies to make artisanal embroidery and supplies to make clay crafts. The four other group members are Araceli, Leticia, Guadalupe and Trinidad; they will invest in supplies for pottery and embroidery materials.

In this group: Araceli, Leticia, Maria Fernanda, Guadalupe, Trinidad

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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