The Coconut Coast and its challenges
The Pedra Grande community is located two kilometres from the main access road on the North Coast of Bahia, the Linha Verde. With just over 200 inhabitants distributed in 40 families surviving from extractive activities, they arrived there to work at the old sugar cane mill.
Located on the border between two municipalities, its residents have lived on the fringe of public policies and social development programmes for decades. With strong African roots, they still retain the main sources that guarantee the livelihood of their families: producing manioc flour, fishing and collecting fruit.
In the last two years, the residents of Pedra Grande were able to start to dream of a different future. With support from Obrigado coconut water and in partnership with the Municipal Town Hall, Instituto Gente runs formal and non-formal education programmes for 115 children and teenagers and 24 adults who study at the Castro Alves School, at a pilot project which aims to serve as a reference and starting point for a great development activity in the region.