Rio favela blossoms with community crops
A favela in Rio turns into a community plant
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Manguinhos district was once a rubbish dump
Now it is one of the largest urban vegetable gardens in Latin America
with plants that feed around 800 local families
(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BAUER, DIANE DE MEDINA DA SILVA, SAY:
"As I plant [seeds], I remember that in a few days I'll be harvesting this and taking it home to eat. It's the greatest joy of my life. I know I'll plant tomorrow to." That is very good, it is a lot of fun to work in the garden, it is a job that we enjoy. I love that. "
The project aims to fight hunger and poverty
while helping the local farmers make a living
(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) COORDINATOR AT COMMUNITY FARM, EZEQUIEL DIAS, SAY:
"It changed our everyday lives, it changed the face of Manguinhos. This project changed our image. Our communities needed this, peace, happiness and a better life."
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