Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Los Perejiles is pizza catering service that offers way more than a few pies or delicious, warm pastries, the Guardian reports. The fast-rising company offers jobs to young men and women with Down Syndrome who are often discriminated by potential employers. Tired of being overlooked, a group of four young men with Down Syndrome decided to do something about it.
In 2015, this group of four young men decided that if no one would hire them, they would just create their own business.
With a desire to work, and only discrimination holding them back, Franco, Leandro, Mateo, and Mauricio (pictured left to right) became entrepreneurs, opening their own restaurant, Los Perejiles.
With each founding member capitalizing on their own talents in the kitchen, the industrious group found a real recipe for success.
By 2016, Los Perejiles was catering a few small affairs around Buenos Aires.
The four chefs began catering events in schools, private gathers, and buisness events, La Nacion reports.
Word of mouth spread, and the demand for Los Perejiles catering ramped up.
Los Perejiles keeps a Facebook photo album for every event they’ve worked. Each album shows how the gatherings have increased over time. Since 2016, the company has amassed a following over more than 35,000 Facebook fans.
And Los Perejiles had to expand its own staff to meet the demand.
These days, the small crew has a main office in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo, and caters around the city as well as in the North, La Nacion reports. When they aren’t busy with events, the group hands out food to the homeless population in Buenos Aires.
For co-founder Leandro Lopez, success means that Los Perejiles can hire people who may not otherwise get a job.
Lopez told ACI Prensa that he wanted to show that it was normal for people with Down Syndrome to be part of the workforce: “The idea was to change the paradigm around Down Syndrome.”
To date, Los Perejiles has catered over 128 events, and it employs 24 men and women with Down Syndrome.
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Posted by Los Perejiles Eventos on Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Lopez told ACIPrensa, “It seems to me that we all have the right to two fundamental things, to life and to be taken into account. These two premises can make a happy living person his whole life.”