A loan of $1,000 helped to buy raw materials such as clay, wires and paints.

Saul's story

Saul is a Mexican artisan who specializes in ceramic sculptures. He would like to buy raw materials such as clay, wire and paint. He has been selling through NOVICA since 2009. This is his story:

"I stepped into the world of ceramic arts when I was 12 years old. Back then, my family's economic situation was difficult, so after school, my brother David and I would learn this craft and get paid a small amount. However, we were immediately taken by the artistry and its techniques. There was a teacher from school who was also going through some financial difficulties, so he set up a little workshop in his house and that extra money helped him put his own children through school. Then I went to Juana Velazquez' workshop and that's when I really began to learn the art of ceramics. I stayed at this workshop for 12 years, but a year before I left this great artisan died of cancer. She was like family to us, and we stood by her husband during this difficult time. I started my own workshop when I was 27 years old, and here is where I practice all I learned, always enjoying the beauty of Mexican ceramic artistry. Thank you for your unconditional support through this microcredit. It allows artisans like me to keep growing."

Use the link below to view Saul's handcrafted ceramic sculptures on the NOVICA site:

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