Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I was hired for SPVS when I had a low level of education, but, because I had the opportunity, I kept studying to get a better education. My achievements at SPVS made me feel stronger, but the opportunity to found with some co-workers the beekeepers Cooperative was the first step to transform me in a social entrepreneur. Nowadays I am proud of to be part of a leadership group determined to implement appropriate solutions to face poverty and also to protect nature in the Guaraqueçaba EPA.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
The Beekeepers Cooperative has two more members of the Board that represent the whole group and that share with me the business responsibilities. Besides that, since the beginning of the project (ten years ago), the SPVS (Wildlife Research and Environmental Education Society) has supported the project through fund raising, but mainly, empowering us in order to give the hope that we are capable to be successful managing our own social business.