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  • Upcycling Raffia Sacks

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

    Ortigueira is a small municipality (about 24,000) in the rural interior of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná (PR), about 200 kilometers from the state capital.  Until recently it was perhaps best known as the city with lowest human development index (HDI)* ranking for the state.
    Now it’s becoming known as a center of an innovative […]

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    A Social Experiment in Water and Sanitation in Minas

    Sunday, September 16th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The government of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (MG), through Brazil’s third largest water and sanitation firm,the Sanitation Company of Minas Gerais (Copasa), is undertaking an interesting social experiment in the provision of water and sanitation services in that state.
    Thanks to a new state law passed earlier this year, […]

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