Simple beginnings

Pedro, a student at the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro, gets his chicken rearing project underway.

Many of the projects we support start in a very small way with very simple beginnings. Pedro, like many other young farmers studying at the Agricultural College, asked VinB to help him invest in his family’s small, subsistence farms. Pedro put a project proposal together. The proposal was then evaluated by Oliveira, our coordinator and Agronomist in Cristino Castro. Oliveira considered the project to be viable and beneficial to the recipient and the local community. He then sent the proposal to the VinB trustees for their consideration. After careful consideration the trustees approved the project and made the  resources available.

Pedro’s project is now beginning to take shape in very simple steps. Here are the first three that Pedro has undertaken since receiving the go ahead from the trustees.

Step one – The foundations

The foundations

The foundations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step two – Complete the building

Building complete

Building complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step three – Start rearing the chickens

Rearing the chickens

Rearing the chickens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We wish Pedro well in his new project and all other students from the Agricultural College who are trying to develop their family farms.

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Young farmers and micro projects

Pigs, sheep and fish are the livestock chosen by young farmers to help support their families.

New arrivals

New arrivals

 

Maicon’s micro project is now into its second year and he is delighted with his third litter of piglets.

 

 

 

 

Rogério and his new pig sty

Rogério and his new pig sty

 

Regeiro is in the first phase of his project having just built a new pig sty.

 

 

 

 

Elias signs his micro project agreement form

Elias signs his micro project agreement form

 

Just starting out on his sheep rearing project Elias signs the VinB micro project agreement form.

 

 

 

 

Noe's fish farm

Noe’s fish farm

 

 

Noe’s fish farm is helping to supplement his family’s income.

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer in Brazil continues to support young farmers in the semi arid regions of Cristino Castro, Santa Luz and Alvorado in the state of Piaui, North East Brazil.

 

 

 

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From strength to strength

Dona Vicencia of the rural women’s group in Cristina Castro is proud to show Rosalba how the micro loan provided by VinB is helping families to generate additional family incomes.

Old friends new projects

Old friends new projects

In the early 1990’s Rosalba and Dona Vicencia were instrumental in setting up the Rural Women’s Group in Cristino Castro.

The group continues to meet and support the concerns of rural women.

The group recently received a micro loan to  help them to buy materials for their cottage industry producing handicrafts for sale in the local community.

The project is going so well that the group is repaying the loan with advanced repayments. Once repaid the monies will be used to support other families and communities.

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Repaid in full!

Fabiana, Similde and family have repaid their micro loan and their project is thriving.

Similde & Fabiana

Similde & Fabiana

Just over two years ago Fabiana and Similde made use of a micro loan provided by St Mary’s Primary School in Chipping.

They invested their loan into an horticultural project. They now produce vegetables for their local market, local schools and the town market in Cristino Castro.

 

Their project has gone from strength to strength. The small loan provided by St Mary;s School gave Fabiana and Similde the opportunity to realize their goal. Now that the loan has been repaid another family will be provided with a similar opportunity.

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Three Little Pigs

Maicon has started his pig rearing project!

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

You may remember that a few months ago the VinB trustees approved a micro loan for Maicon, a student at the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro, to start a small pig rearing venture.

Maicon watches over his pigs

Maicon watches over his pigs

The project is well underway. Maicon’s has constructed a pig sty, purchased his pigs and the pigs are now pregnant.

Maicon is expecting a litter of pigs to take his project to the next level.

It is always heart warming to see young people like Maicon who are really focused on living and working in their rural community rather than migrating to the big and overcrowded cities of Brazil.

Well done Maicon, we look forward to seeing the little ones in due course!

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Grant Approval

The trustees agree a grant to install a water tank at the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro.

Volunteer in Brazil has been working with the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro for several years now. Gabrial Davies,  Martin Vittek and Martina Balazova (VinB volunteers) all taught English at the College. Martin was instrumental in helping to set VinB’s micro loan programme that supports a number of agricultural students from the college in setting up income generation projects with their families.

The college provides a secondary education that is rooted in the lives of young people who live and work on the land. The learning that takes place is relevant and appropriate to the needs of young people who want to apply their knowledge and understanding to helping to develop their family farms. Students spend 15 days studying and boarding at the college followed by 15 days back on the farm applying their knowledge.

Growing Veg - Agricultural CollegeThe College was in need of a secondary water tank to store water for irrigation purposes. The college produces all the vegetable required to feed the students as well as producing a surplus to generate an income for college funds.

The trustees were very happy to support the college with the great work that it is doing supporting young people in the region.

In turn the trustees would like to thank the generous support that local schools and individuals in the UK are providing to make this possible.

 

 

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Making a difference!

Children from St Wilfrid’s in Longridge present Volunteer in Brazil with a cheque for £800

Following a day at Lee House where the children explored issues of justice the community at St Wilfrid’s set about raising money for Volunteer in Brazil’s micro loan project. St Wilfrid's, Longridge

An amazing sum of £800 was raised. The money will be used to support a family in the region of Cristino Castro to invest in their small fish farm.

The family will repay the interest free loan within a period of two years. The money will then be made available for other families to invest in other income generating projects.

On behalf of families and communities in the region of Cristino Castro I would like to thank the whole school community for their generosity and support.

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Maicon’s project is approved

Maicon Mendes de Carvalho, who lives in Vale do Gurgueia, 45km’s from Cristino Castro, has a plan to rear pigs to generate an extra income for his family.

Maicon is a young farmer studying at his local Agricultural College. Like many young farmers in the region he wants to continue farming despite the harsh climatic conditions. With the support of Oliveira, our local Agronomist and coordinator of VinB’s micro loan project, Maicon submitted a funding application to enable him to start rearing pigs.

At home in Vale do Gurgueia

At home in Vale do Gurgueia

The trustees met last week and approved his application. Oliveira will now work along side Maicon is establishing a small scale pig rearing project.

Maicon will also receive support from Technicians and Vets connected to the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro.

We look forward to receiving news about the project and we wish Maicon and his family every success.

In two year time Maicon will repay the loan (interest free) and the money will be recycled to support another family.

If you would like to help VinB in our support of people like Maicon then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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Martin hands over responsibility

Martin, our volunteer for nearly fours years, hands over responsibility for the coordination of the micro loan projects.

Martin has worked hard over the last few years to establish good relationships with communities and families across the region of Cristino Castro. For the last two years he has been instrumental in the setting up of our micro loan project. Six families now benefit from his hard work and the financial support provided by schools and individuals from the UK and Slovakia.

During our project visit to Brazil in November of this year Rosalba and I were delighted to see how each of the projects was developing, some against very difficult circumstances. It was lovely to see and experience the deep and respectful relationships that Martin has established with each of the beneficiaries.

But the time has come for Martin to return to his native shores. On the behalf of all those connected to VinB I thanked Martin for his loyal service and dedication. The batten has now been handed over to Jose Oliveira, a local agronomist and long term friend of VinB.

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I am sure that you would like to join with me in wishing Martin all the very best in his future endeavours.

 

 

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The feel good factor of true partnership

See Similde(red top) and Fabiana(purple top) in the opening shot selling their produce. They used a VinB micro loan to install a mechanical irrigation system, and when Joe visited them, during his stay in Cristino, they were full of praise for the partnership and full of ideas for future development.

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