The refuge provides a safe haven for young women who are coming out of situations of risk or abuse, or who have no place to live due to an unplanned pregnancy.

It exists primarily, but not exclusively, for students, and provides the opportunity for these young women to recover from their crises, heal the hurt from their past and prepare for their future.

The young women become active members of the El Alfarero community, receiving support and counselling, whilst serving in the community in both voluntary and paid capacities.