Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2001
ORGAPE(Organização de Apoio aos Pequenos Empreendimentos do
This description of Francisco de Oliveira Rebouças Neto's work was prepared when Francisco de Oliveira Rebouças Neto was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
Francisco de Oliveira Rebouças Neto, known as Neto, is taking a regional approach to economic recovery by implementing a package of microloan and training programs for individuals and families in small towns experiencing severe economic decline. Neto's idea is to create a chain of interlinked microbusinesses that help rebuild the economy of these communities.
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