- Increase needy families’ ability to generate income by means of goat breeding.
- Fight malnutrition and child labor.
- Promote children’s integration into school environment.
The semi-arid region of Bahia, which is the geographical scope of the Cabra Escola Project, shows human life status indicators that are common to most cities in the Brazilian Northeastern region: 75% of the population’s income rate lies below one minimum wage, and 35% are illiterate. Most of the population lives in rural areas and child labor and school dropout rates among children are common as a means for families to supplement their income. Cabra Escola Project, launched in 2001, seeks to build awareness of this issue and ensure children have access to education.
The project provides participating families with three goats to supplement family income, in exchange for a promise that the children of the family will remain in school. The beneficiaries receive guidance on how to care for the goats and sell agricultural products.
Cabra Escola Project is considered by the World Bank and by UNICEF as model experiences and one of the most successful interventions in the region for eradicating child labor. In 2008 the project won the “Corporate Citizen of the Americas” award offered by the Trust of the Americas, a non-profit organization established in 1997 and affiliated with the Organization of the Americas States.