A loan of $1,675 helped to purchase kaolin, clay, ashes, powdered silica and lime.

Gloria Rocio's story

Gloria is 33 years old and lives in the town of Duran. Four years ago, she bought a house with help from her husband. Juan is Gloria's husband; he's a master builder and has been in this line of work for 12 years. They have three children who go to public school. Gloria's business is pottery, that is to say, she makes ceramic figures to serve as ornaments or souvenirs. She started this business because of a course she took out of curiosity - she enjoyed it a lot and realized that she was skilled at painting. She began by buying the piece and painting it her own way, with guidance from the magazines she got from the lessons she took. In her business, she needs to be open to criticism and know how to take it into account, because customers are not all alike. Currently, she's experienced in this line of work, especially in creating the pieces. There's a process for that: first comes the creation of the piece, made out of kaolin, clay, ashes, powdered silica and lime, which are mixed proportionately to form a paste that's poured into a mold. Secondly, there's the drying in open air, when the piece acquires a more solid consistency that can be manipulated for finishing. Thirdly, the piece is placed in special ovens where it's cooked, and attention is paid so that it doesn't suffer a sudden change in temperature, which could cause it to crack. Then it's left for cooling and painted at will. Certain pieces such as the souvenirs are painted before going into the oven - they demand more delicate handling, but the result is a very eye-catching, beautiful product. Gloria requests the loan in order to purchase supplies for making the vases, in hopes of increasing her sales. In the future she dreams of buying a car so that she can transport her pieces, since they're delicate.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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