A loan of $2,175 helped a member to buy raw materials to make pottery, including a variety of clay, dyes, and firewood for her pottery oven.

Nuevo Despertar Group's story

Andrea, 56, is a single mother of 4. She lives with her 2 minor children in a town in the municipality of La Campa, in the department of Lempira. For about 30 years, she has been working in her pottery business, where she makes pots, pans, jugs, and decorative items made from clay in a variety of designs. She buys her supplies in the same area from the clay producers. She puts out products that are decorated very beautifully, and have a fine finish. She sells these products from her house, and also in the markets in the city where tourists and customers arrive from other communities.

Andrea has gone through more than 4 loan cycles with ODEF in her communal bank. She hopes to continue to grow her business so that she can help her children to get a good education. The communal bank that she belongs to is called "Nuevo Despertar"; it is made up of 4 women who live in the same community and all have pottery businesses. In the photograph, from left to right, we see Julia, with the blue scarf on her head, followed by Andrea, the coordinator of the group, Maria, and on the far right in the black blouse is Donatila. The group is requesting a sum of 43,000 Honduran lempiras, which they will use to buy raw materials such as clay, dyes, and other supplies to make pottery, so that they can keep their businesses going.

In this group: Andrea De Dios, Maria Dila, Julia, Donatila

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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