How did a small favela in Rio de Janeiro get its personal sewer system?

  • Giulia Granchi
  • From BBC Information Brazil in Sao Paulo

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Biosystem for sewage remedy constructed by residents with assist from companions

The Vale Encantado group was based by employees within the espresso plantations within the nineteenth century, earlier than the world was reforested to change into the Tijuca Forest, one of many largest on this planet by way of city setting.

Otávio Barros’ great-grandparents, now president of the Residents’ Affiliation and Valet cooperative, moved to the world exactly to work on the fields – and subsequent generations devoted themselves to different actions reminiscent of agriculture and floriculture.

“I am from the fourth era. There was additionally a granite extraction section that precipitated deforestation. However in 1989 the businesses broke up. Lots of people who got here to work did not adapt and so they moved on. Extra of the unique households remained.”

150 years later, Vale Encantado discovered itself remoted within the jungle, now not in a position to make a residing by extracting the encircling pure assets.

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