Our Story

“The Aventura de Construir Association” was born in 2011, when the Italian Fondazione Umano Progresso decided to help microentrepreneurs from the Brazilian Associação dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra (ATST).

Contrary to other “Landless” groups, ATST’s goal is to help people legally buy the land to build their own home, valuing efforts without replacing them. 31 thousand families have already reached this goal in 31 peripheral Sao Paulo´s neighborhoods, where the microentrepreneurship index is approximately double the national average (international survey: FOLLONI, BERLOFFA, SCHNYDER), and now 16 countryside are moving forward in the same process.

Our initial hypothesis was to offer microcredit, so we did a thorough field research, interviewing more than 200 entrepreneurs to understand their real needs. It became clear that the microcredit offers, made available by several public and private institutions, did not materialize due to the lack of knowledge of these microentrepreneurs, meaning that, few knew the possibility of microcredit and many would not get the loan because of the bureaucracy to access it. This way, we would not be able to accomplish our goal: since microcredit was not the only answer to our public needs.

They would need more business management knowledge to be able to become sustainable on their own.

Thus, with lots of dedication and reflections on how best to impact the lives of microentrepreneurs, we have a long journey of partnerships, success, credibility and certificates such as ITCMD and Human Rights. See below more about our history!

Highlights of our journey

  • 2011

Beginning of our activities as a limited organization to develop in an inclusive way the peripheries of the West Zone of São Paulo, with the hypothesis of offering microcredit to microentrepreneurs.

  • 2013

Research on the needs of our public and development of our current activities: to support microentrepreneurs with training and advisory services totally free of charge.Partnership with the State Bank of São Paulo to offer microcredit (with the lowest interest rates in Brazil).

  • 2015

Aventura de Construir recognition 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;

  • 2017

Raising additional resources to hire a consultant to set a strategic resource mobilization plan, which is currently underway with the support of pro bono consultants such as Accenture, Mc Kinsey and other specialized professionals;

  • 2018

Entry into the Global Compact, an initiative that monitors and guides the Agenda 2030 implementation to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs in which ADC (Aventura de Construir) has a direct impact are:

  • Objective 1 – Poverty eradication
  • Objective 4 – Quality education
  • Objective 5 – Gender equality
  • Goal 8 – Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 10 – Inequalities Reduction
  • Objective 17 – Partnerships and implementation ways

In the same year we started a partnership with a fintech that enables microcredit. Unlike a bank, Firgun stands between investors and microentrepreneurs in a faster, humane and less bureaucratic way, becoming an alternative our public needs.