A micro-economic development project
In 1993 a team of six young men and women became the first SAPECO worker/owner cooperative, Frisan Automatriz, a transmission repair shop. In the years since we have continued to welcome small circles of people who seem ready to initiate a cooperative, encouraging and coaching them in the steps toward realizing their dream, then providing on-going consultation. New ventures are starting so rapidly it is difficult track them all. There are currently over thirty! Several auto repair shops, a chicken farm, artisan cooperatives, crafting moccasins and scarfs, developing a line of lotions and creams from organic sources, therapeutic massage, silk screening tee shirts, making and selling fine pastries – just to name a few.