The Artisans Cooperative of Production and Marketing of Rondônia ("Cooperative Acai") is a Brazilian enterprise which main purpose is to produce clothing and decorative products. The goods are then sold to customers in the region, other states and even on the Internet. The cooperative, which was initially founded by 21 artisans, is currently composed by 25 members, mainly women, and 40 prisoners and families from three local communities. 2013 has been a very positive and interesting year: in January, the cooperative has celebrated ten years of operation and in May, it was inaugurated the new headquarters in the center of the Atlantic forest, close to an ecological park. The purchase of land and construction of the headquarters has been made possible thanks to the partnership with the Brazilian organization of cooperatives UNISOL, which is member of CICOPA, and the Spanish NGO CONOSUD.
International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives
Secretariat: C/O European Cooperative House - avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 543 1033, fax: +32 2 543 1037