Da Favela para a Moda

“Você  consegue ver o invisível!”

É o que disseram a Tête Leal quando ela,  surpreendentemente, pagou um empréstimo bancário muito antes do vencimento. O financiamento fora obtido para a construção  de um prédio  para a cooperativa de costureiras fundada por ela no início dos anos 80.

Portuguese, Brazil

Youth is Not E-wasted on the Young

It's not every day that a fifth grader reads and article in The Wall Street Journal and decides to take action. But Alex Lin was very surprised to learn about the environmental hazards of discarded computers and decided to do something about it, right in his own town.

Alex’s e-waste initiative in Westerly, RI puts a twist on the problem of e-waste. It is solving two problems at once, by collecting local residents’ discarded computers, refurbishing them, and giving them away to families unable to afford new electronic equipment.


Rising From the Heap: Waste Collectors Assert their Humanity

Milind Ranade is cleaning up the working conditions of unskilled laborers in Indian cities. Through the revolutionary labor union he founded, Kachra Vahtuk Sanghash Samiti (KVSS), or the 'Waste Collectors and Transporters Union,' Ranade is challenging corruption, and championing the untouchable waste collectors who have been neglected by India's mainstream labor organizations.


From Favela to Fashion

'You can see the invisible!'

This is what Tete Romeiro was told when did the unexpected and paid off a bank loan, long before it was due, for the building that she built for the women's sewing cooperative she founded in the early 1980s.

And it’s true. She was able to see what others could not: the potential for a successful high fashion business in a Brazilian shantytown.


Legitimizing Trash Recycling in Argentina: Claiming Dignity, Safety and Economic Opportunity for Trash Recyclers in Buenos Aires

One of four persons in Argentina is unemployed in the wake of the nation's recent economic meltdown. Hundreds of people in Buenos Aires, the capital city, are trying to support themselves and their families by scavenging recyclable materials from the garbage. Scavenging, however, is a marginal, disreputable and unhealthy activity that is subject to police prosecution.