In Ceará, one of the aridest regions in Brazil, a young group of college students from Instituto Federal do Ceará (IFCE) created the “Palmeiras Project”, in order to help farmers fight the long drought periods.
The project presented a cheaper and more efficient irrigation technology for local farmers in the small agriculture business and has changed the lives of 28 families living in extreme poverty. Besides helping rural communities, the team also provides training in sustainable practices in the arid region, educating more than 2,000 children in schools.
The team just won the first place at the Enactus Brasil national challenge and it will represent the country next month at the Enactus World Cup 2017, in London. The prize will be reverted to fund the extension of the project in the other communities.