Success stories

Social Cooperative “Prijateljica” (Girlfriend)

11 members of the Association who are persons with disabilities, decided to establish a social cooperative, titled Social Cooperative “Prijateljica” (Girlfriend).

When the production of the Association started to grow and become substantial part of the Association’s income, 11 members of the Association who are persons with disabilities, decided to establish a social cooperative, titled Social Cooperative “Prijateljica” (Girlfriend).  The cooperative, founded in 2011, is today producing and selling small series of pre-ordered carefully targeted souvenirs, decorations and gifts made from gypsum, paraffin, wood and plexiglass. The cooperative also uses recycled materials like candles. Cooperative has a stable growth and today employs 6 persons with disabilities.

The cooperative’s business model is almost the same as the association’s, only with greater emphasis on sales of the cooperative’s products than on grants in the revenue stream.