ACOGIPRI – Cooperative Association of the Integral Pro-Rehabilitation Independent Group – was formed by a group of young people with physical disabilities. They did so to alleviate the economic difficulties of people with low incomes and physical disabilities who cannot otherwise obtain stable work. In addition to the group’s workshop, Shicali Ceramics, ACOGIPRI provides assistance to people with disabilities living in San Salvador, works on legislative issues affecting people with disabilities, educates the public about disabilities and advocates for increased accessibility. ACOGIPRI runs a literacy program for deaf adults, a job search program for handicapped youth and support groups for women. Shicali Ceramics offers artistic training and employment in making a variety of ceramics for table and kitchen. The workers, about three-quarters of whom are deaf, have had little formal education but have developed excellent skills creating pottery. Their work receives high regard in El Salvador, especially for the unusual blue glaze technique they have developed through many years of hard work. Shicali workers become co-owners of the operation and share all profits.
ACOGIPRI was founded in 1981.
Ten Thousand Villages purchases ceramic bowls and bathroom accessories, mugs and tableware from ACOGIPRI. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from ACOGIPRI since 1998.
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