Artisan Jacobo Norori Makes Strides at a Young Age
Jacobo Norori was 18 when Esperanza en Acción first began working with him. He is the son of Guadalupe Norori, a well-known artisan of Esperanza en Acción. Jacobo learned to make ceramics from his mother and soon began working on his own in order to help support himself and his family.
When Esperanza en Acción first started working with him he had no sales contacts and worked in a very basic geometric style.
Esperanza en Acción helped Jacobo to improve his designs and now he has become one of the potters with the most diverse designs in all of San Juan de Oriente.
Jacobo has benefited from three loans with Esperanza en Acción, all of which he has invested in purchasing raw materials to work with.
Today Jacobo's business is flourishing. He has clients from the United States, Canada and even Europe. He recently built a wall in his home to separate his living space from his aunt, which they previously had shared. He also tiled his floor and installed shelving to display his pieces, increasing his opportunity for sales.
According to Jacobo, Esperanza en Acción has greatly helped him to develop a stronger business, "With Esperanza en Acción I began to promote my work, my pieces, my designs...It was the first organization I began selling my work with in a fair manner and at a fair price."