Safety, income generation and cultural and environmental preservation. These are some of the benefits Rota do Oeste promotes for some 800 indigenous people from the Tadarimana and Tereza Cristina Lands who live in the regions in which Odebrecht Highways operates in Mato Grosso.
Over the past two years, the company has developed five social and environmental projects in these villages. The communities learned to produce seedlings to recover degraded areas and sell them for medicinal purposes. The concessionaire also trained 54 firefighters and helped the tribes of the Bororo ethnic group record their own culture in videos and photographs. “The main goal is for the indigenous peoples themselves to value and preserve their cultural wealth," said Pedro Ely, responsible for Sustainability at Rota do Oeste.
The Tadarimana village received yet another recyclable material deposit and a community center to hold meetings and events. The Business also offered vocational courses and lectures on preventing alcoholism.