Photographer's Note

Favelas are located most often on the periphery of large cities. Some of the best-known favelas are those that cling to steep hillsides in Rio de Janeiro. Favela housing generally begins with makeshift structures fashioned from wood scraps and daub. Over time more-durable materials such as brick, cinder blocks, and sheet metal are incorporated. The lack of infrastructure gives rise to improvised and jerry-rigged plumbing and electrical wiring. Often water must be ported great distances, and rudimentary methods of waste disposal pose health hazards. As a result of the crowding, unsanitary conditions, poor nutrition, and pollution, disease is rampant in the poorer favelas, and infant mortality rates are high.
A wide variety of small businesses exist in favelas and serve the needs of the community.
An array of social and religious organizations have also developed in favelas, as have associations targeted at obtaining rights and services. Over the years the Brazilian government has taken a number of different approaches in dealing with favelas, from programs to eradicate the favelas to efforts to provide or improve infrastructure and permanent housing.
Because of the privileged location between the rich areas of Leblon and Sao Conrado, and the fantastic views that they have from the mountainside, the area is attracting a new type of residents who are a mix of foreigners and wealthy Brazilians who love the region because of the views.
New resident arrivals are a positive thing because they bring jobs for the community, investment and different cultures.
Food prices have rocketed because of the new “gringos”.
Poor sewage works, irregular electricity supply, sporadic rubbish collection and chaotic traffic remain though.
Some of the best properties are at 1,740m above sea level and they are very expensive to buy even without sanitation or internet.
The rich come here because it is cheap, and they love the views. David Beckham was interested about buying a house in the favelas and that house was sold for one million Reals to someone else..
Things have definitely changed, more more people and guests from around the world are interested in living at the favelas and of course the boom will continue due to the 2016 Olympics.


The picture is not of a great quality due to the long distance but it is a documentary picture to show you the privileged location and the contrast with the urban zone.

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