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Pedro

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Pedro

What do you want to have done by 2030?

I want to learn to live outside the favela. It is a different world, a different mindset. You see,  every law in the favela is organic. The laws are fluid - you can build wherever whatever you want, but outside the favela everything is strict. In Rio you can't just park right there on the street you know? I want to teach others what it's like living on the inside. Because I have a foot on both sides - in the favela, where I grew up, but also in the university in Río, my work network as a freelance designer, and so on. I'd like to do a TED talk about the favela, that reflects living on both sides. 

But I'd like to have kids here on day. People tend to think that if you grow up in a favela, you have no opportunities, bad education and stuff like that. But look at me, I grew up to be nice, didn't I? I know you can grow up as a good person here. And I think it's easier to live a simple life in the favela. Here people are generally satisfied with having enough. Outside, people strive for more, there's more competition and Catholism. Here you're satisfied with what you've got.

You think you will be satisfied with what you've got?

Yeah. I won't need much more than food, transportation and a place to sleep. Then I want to grow my own food, so I don't have to depend on the capitalist system. I'll grow potatoes, rice, cucumber... That would be the dream. And tomatoes.

Pedro // Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - street view here: https://goo.gl/maps/jNLoi9gY7sL2