SOS COCAL IN PIAUÍ
On December 18, 2010, the ProBrasil Association inaugurated the “Farinha House”, in the municipality of Cocal – Piauí, in order to promote the generation of income of the families that were left homeless after the Algodões dam, which destroyed hundreds of houses , leaving about 2,000 people homeless in May 2009.
The construction project of the House was attended by residents of Boíba, a community located in the rural area of the region, most affected by the event, in addition to the partnership of local authorities and other partners who contributed to the development of the site.
The project has state-of-the-art equipment that will increase the production of flour, providing the expansion of production and, consequently, the income of families that, until that moment, had no activity to survive.
At first, the Flour House was designed to serve about 100 families in the region, who had the support of the community leaders of Frecheira de São Pedro, Angico Branco and Boíba. The residents assisted by the project also underwent training in the technical courses in which they learned to operate the new machinery, starting a self-sustaining cooperative of manioc flour production.
According to the founding president of ProBrasil, Uwe Weibrecht, the project was the recognition that the Association and its partners have in common the objective of developing the State, helping to increase the local economy and seeking, through citizenship and solidarity, to improve the life of the needy population of Piauí, in the constant search to help build a better future.