“The Aventura de Construir Association” was born in 2011, when the Italian “ Fondazione Umano Progresso (FUP)” decided to help the micro entrepreneurs of the west of São Paulo served by the Association of Landless Workers (ATST), since the micro entrepreneurship index of these areas was approximately double the national average (international research: FOLLONI, BERLOFFA, SCHNYDER – 2010)
Contrary to other “Landless” moves, ATST’s goal is to help people legally buy the land to build their own home, valuing their efforts without replacing them.
And why did a Milan Foundation take an interest in an association struggling for housing in the west of São Paulo?
The point in common between these two “ends” is the centrality of the person in the view of development.
The work of the ATST is not limited to providing access to home ownership, but also to the awareness of families to mobilize in the realization of a dream. This process that bets on the protagonism of the person was what most caught the attention of the FUP. For both institutions work is the highest expression of the human being in shaping reality, that is, everything that the person performs has the power to transform his life and the reality around him.
Currently, there are more than 31 thousand families that have already reached this goal in 31 peripheral neighborhoods of the western zone of São Paulo and now 18 cities in the interior of the state are advancing in the same process.
Our initial hypothesis was to offer microcredit, and from there we conducted in-depth field research, interviewing more than 200 entrepreneurs to understand their real needs.
At the end of the research, it was evident that the microcredit offer, already made available by several public and private institutions, was not effective due to the lack of knowledge of these micro entrepreneurs, that is, few knew of the possibility of microcredit and many would not get the loan because of the bureaucracy needed to access it. In this way, we would not be able to leave with the feeling of accomplishment: since microcredit was not the only answer to the needs of our public…
They would need more business management knowledge to be able to become sustainable on their own.
Thus, with much dedication and reflections on how best to impact the lives of microentrepreneurs, we built a journey of partnerships, credibility and certificates, such as ITCMD and Human Rights. See below more about our history!
Highlights of our journey
Beginning of our activities as LTDA. to develop in an inclusive way the peripheries of the West Zone of São Paulo, with the hypothesis of offering microcredit to microentrepreneurs.
Research on the needs of our public and development of our current activities: to support micro entrepreneurs with training and advisory services totally free of charge.Partnership with the State Bank of São Paulo (BANESPA) to offer microcredit (with the lowest interest rates in Brazil).
Recognition of the Adventure Association of Building (Aventura de Construir) as a public utility organization (OSCIP) by the Ministry of Justice. In the same year, the Board of Executive Officers and the Fiscal Council were created, and the balance sheets were audited annually;Approval by” Fondazione Umano Progesso” of the budget plan (2015 – 2019) in addition to the amount originally envisaged.
Raising additional resources to hire a consultant to define a strategic resource mobilization plan, currently under way, with the support of pro bono consultants such as Accenture and other specialized professionals.
Entry into the Global Compact, an initiative that monitors and guides the implementation of Agenda 2030 to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (ODS). The ODSs in which the ADC has a direct impact are:
- Goal 1 – No Poverty
- Goal 4 – Quality Education
- Goal 5 – Gender Equality
- Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities
- Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Goal 13 – Climate Action
- Goal 17 – Partnerships for de Goals
In the same year we started a partnership with a Fintech that enables microcredit. Unlike a bank, Firgun intermediates investors and microentrepreneurs in a faster, humane and less bureaucratic way, being another alternative for the needs of our public.