Regina Tchelly cooks since she was 15 years-old. Eleven years ago, she decided to leave Paraíba, northeast of Brazil, to live in Rio de Janeiro, looking for better conditions of work. Her dream was always to become a restaurant chef. When she arrived in Rio, she went to live in the favela da Babilônia, south zone of the city. She started to work as a house cleaner. With the money she saved, she decided to start her own project.
Favela Orgânica avoids food wasting and motives the creation of gardens at home, which is interesting for people planting and eating their own produce. The goals of the initiative are:
To teach people how to cook using all parts of vegetables and fruits (especially their skin, which is the most nutritional part);
To sell dishes produced with the total use of vegetables, which results in unusual recipes (as sweets made of banana skin);
To offer workshops in the clients’ own home or company, teaching them how to create gardens in small spaces (permaculture).