Favela Homes, One Layer at a Time

By Cecilie Hestbæk, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The expansion of the favelas of Rio is a heavily discussed topic. The rapidly growing slum areas provide homes for a rising number of people at an alarming rate, at the expense of the surrounding rainforest. However, the actual process of building a house in a favela often takes years of patience and hard work.

When Patricia Pereira, lifetime resident of the favela Babilônia in Zona Sul, got married and . . .

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