In this episode I speak with project partner and environmental engineer Lorena Portela about the history of favelas and their current state, how founder Elisângela Almeida Oliveira received the funds to get started at just 18 years old, how to get people in the community to see value in environmental care, innovative projects like turning cooking oil into all purpose soap, and more ways they are bringing nature and sustainability to an urban underserved community.
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