Eu que Fiz – which translates as 'I Made That' – is providing mobile training in chocolate-making and food business management to those in the country's poor areas.
We recently wrote about how the University of Virginia is helping boost the local economy in South Africa by getting workers to build and sell their own water filtration devices. Now a new project taking place in Brazil, Eu que Fiz – which translates as ‘I Made That’ – is providing mobile training in chocolate-making and food business management to those in the country’s poor areas. Based in São Paulo and organized by grocery brand Selecta and charity CUFA (Central Única de Favelas do Brasil), the project has repurposed a truck as a learning space, featuring a small kitchen and classroom. The vehicle is travelling to favelas and other low-income areas to teach women how to make chocolate products, as well as give them the business knowledge they need to create sustainable income. Classes last for three hours each and participants learn a new recipe each time. The project is timely with Easter around the corner, although learners will receive continued support once they complete the course. The scheme provides skills and opportunities to those that need it most, with the aim of helping them to produce a source of income that will last. Could other industries embark on socially responsible enterprises such as this? Spotted by: Nathalia Souto