Women from the town of Serradilla del Arroyo, Spain, pose for a calendar in a fundraiser gone wrong.
Women in a Spanish village who posed almost naked for a calendar they hoped would fund a leisure centre for their children have been left with huge debts after they failed to sell enough copies.
"It was an erotic calendar by the firemen of Bilbao that gave us the idea," one of the women, Rosa Garin, told AFP Thursday by telephone from the village of Serradilla del Arroyo in western Spain.
The seven mothers took the photographs themselves, posing virtually nude in the local swimming pool, the tourist office and the bakery last November.
But only 1,500 of the 7,000 copies of the 2008 calendar were sold, at five euros each, and they are now in debt to the printer, who is threatening to take them to court claiming 18,000 euros (29,000 dollars) in damages and interest.
"There was a delay of several weeks in the delivery. Our clients went elsewhere," said Garin.
"We erred through ignorance. We should have signed a contract with the printer," whom she accused of lying to them and upping the price they had agreed on.
But the publicity from the affair may yet save the women, who hoped the calendar would pay for a children's leisure centre in the village of around 400 people.
"In recent days, we have had about a hundred calls from Spain, the United States, Belgium and Canada to buy the calendar," said Garin.
Their story recalled that of a group of middle-aged women in northern England who posed almost naked for a calendar in 1999 that has helped raise vast sums of money for leukemia research. It was made into the film "Calendar Girls" starring Helen Mirren.