Case Study: São Paulo Favelas

Ways in which favelas are improved:

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Site and service schemes

The government or non-governmental organisation (NGO) would provide building materials which local people can use to build better homes. Once people have built their homes city authorities would help install basic service such as water, sanitation and electricity. --the PROSANEAR programme is a partnership between the Brazilian Government and the World Bank. It has helped deliver water and sanitation to many of São Paulo's favelas

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Help made available so residents can have legal rights over their homes and land. This makes itmore secure for them, as they can buy and sell property.

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schemes where small sums of money are lent to people who want to set up businesses orare running businesses in favelas. In Heliópolis a microcredit scheme was set up by a US non-profitorganisation and a Brazilian bank together. Local people with small businesses like bakeries or grocery storescould apply for loans of between $100 and $1500 to develop their business.

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Health care + Charity projects

Health care has been made more accessible though community healthagents, so people have a chance of being cured from diseases. People have volunteered to help the favelaresidents with health issues, volunteering to teach them basic hygiene etc. Low cost health care and educationhas also been provided.

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Neighbourhood Association

In Jaguare especially, there is a strong sense of community. People in thisfavela worked together to persuade the Brazilian government to help them reduce crime and providerecreational facilities. So that people, especially children, have a wide range of sport or other activities to do.

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For any project to succeed, there must be community approval and participation. If a majorityof residents (80%) agreed to the project it will be accepted and changes will take place. Locals had to paysomething towards the projects, as there were costs for installing and providing the services. They don't alwayshave money, so for many residents this requirement is too much.

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