The NGO Cidades Sem Fome (Cities Without Hunger) develops sustainable agricultural projects in urban areas. Our goal is to
create job opportunities and generate a regular income for
peoplein need of new opportunities in their lives. We create
foodproduction centers in unused areas in large cities.
Using modern production techniques, the project produces a
large amount of food which is intended for both self-consumption
by the participants and for selling. This strategy provides project
beneficiaries with an effective and steady income and creates an alternative for them to live in a dignified manner.
Our proposal allows the creation of sustainable social
businesses, stimulates entrepreneurship and contributes
efficiently to the reduction of environmental impacts.
Our proposal is innovative in its approach by reclaiming and giving social and economic purpose to available and unused spaces in our city. The innovation lies in giving new meaning to the well-known community gardens, which were mostly built on an ideological, socialization, or occupational
therapy model. By using them as a tool, the project creates income generation opportunities for socially vulnerable people.
It transforms an incipient and partially dormant process
into a "Social Business", leveraging local potentialities and existing social demands in our city. Moreover, it gives
meaning and purpose to a large number of spaces with
no defined use, which allow room for at-risk housing settlements, environmental destruction, breeding
grounds for dengue mosquitoes and the emergence of
violence. Our strategy involves a strong network of
partnerships that, by acting together, create expressive
results in the proposed generation of jobs and income,
as well as in the nutritional improvement of those involved.
This innovative approach to creating "urban social
businesses" leverages various local resources that were
being wasted before, which hindered the development of
social inclusion strategies in many communities.