When we address Brazil’s urban settlements we are always confronted by the “favelas” or informal settlements, that spread consistently through the town, taking advantage of illegal or poor conditions construction sites.
Since long, we’ve already known the strong community bonds and activism of these populations. They show us that even though they are an illegal settlement, and haven’t got enough support from the local government, they can came up with bottom-up creative solutions to their problems.
This article explains how they were able to create their own currency, to help finance local businesses and infrastructures (etc) since they don’t get access to normal banking services in any other way.
Very interesting talk about several informal settlements around the world and their similarities with the formal city. How these communities arrange new formes of dealing with their need, and value interior space and decoration, even though, at our eyes, that makes no sense, because their living next to gigantic piles of garbage, that, by the way, is the main way of subsistence of an entire community.
We should learn to value the difference, we are adaptable and we learn to enjoy life in the way it is presented to us.