JustHope has been visiting the potters' village, San Juan de Oriente, for several years. Over these years, a friendship and partnersip was formed with the Lopez family potters, Cándida, Fanor, Isaias, and Leandro.
JustHope supports indigenous artists, as opportunities arise, in an effort to "keep the arts alive" through times of extreme poverty. Historically, it is one of the first things to go when a community is faced with this level of poverty, and the additional challenges presented by globalization make the situation even more challenging than it has been in the past. There are serious social ramifications (depression, loss of sense of identity...) when a culture is stripped of its native art. We hope you enjoy the stories of the artists below.