Antonio Prieto Buñuel is trying, in his own way, to make a dent in the 99-percent unemployment rate for people with disabilities in Nicaragua.
“Café de las Sonrisas was born out of a provocation," Prieto Buñuel recently told the Huffington Post. “I decided to open a cafe where all of the employees were deaf ― to show that it works.”
The cafe's customers order by pointing to items on the menu. The walls are covered in letters, words and phrases with illustrations showing the translation into Nicaraguan Sign Language.
The cafe is now five years old and is a project of the nonprofit Centro Social Tio Antonio, which also runs community programs: scholarships for low-income students and a hammock store, which employs more than 35 people with disabilities.
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