Iota, Clio and Maria – opened a cafe a year-and-a-half ago at 11 Trion Ierarchon Street with the intention of offering something different to the run-of-the-mill cafe fare. Today, this is where the neighborhood's student residents bring their laptops to study, loners read their books, singles have lunch and people who can't afford to pay for a drink get one for free, as 6 is one of the first businesses of its kind to cooperate with Schedia (Life Raft), a local street magazine sold by the homeless.
The enterprise has also offered a lifeline to its owners, who split all costs and revenues equally.
Iota is 40 and used to work as a seamstress, mainly hemming curtains.
“My business gradually declined because of the crisis and then stopped entirely,” she told Kathimerini while preparing sausage souvlaki for the evening menu. While looking for a new line of work in 2013, Iota discovered that the owners of cooperative businesses are exempt from paying social security contributions to the fund for freelancers and self-employed professionals, OAEE.Tax free for the entrepreneurs, that is (our bold in the above).