Okay, so not everyone can afford to sponsor a child or make a donation, but it costs very little to purchase a small souvenir. Here’s our favela finds, great souvenirs to buy while touring the favelas.
On the covered terrace of Para Ti a sweet but shy lady sells simple handmade gifts, from crocheted baby’s clothes to the cool bowl made from recycled paper that I bought, above. The money you spend goes straight back into Para Ti.
On the last stop on Marcelo Armstrong’s favela tour, a lovely young woman sells funky handbags and purses that are beautifully made – the stitching is impeccable. I think she made the purple polka dots one with me in mind! A guy sells Rocinha t-shirts – where else are you going to buy one of those? And two other blokes sell small canvases (stretched or rolled) of their vibrant, naïve art – they’re never going to become collectors’ items, but they make delightful keepsakes. The money goes to the individual sellers.
And if you’re a long-term traveller, backpacker or big family and can’t afford to buy anything? Well, you can always kick a football around for a while with the kids of Para Ti as Terence did when we dropped by.