The Interelos Institute works with two fundamental premises:
THE first one of them is that, when developing a production chain, it is necessary to intervene simultaneously in all its links. Successful interventions are those that create adequate conditions for handling, processing and marketing the products in a chain. Management must respect the best socioenvironmental practices and processing must take into account local infrastructure conditions, adding value to the final product. This product, with added valued, must have the opportunity to access competitive markets.
THE second premise is that the results obtained with the development of a chain must be invested in education, in order to guarantee, in turn, the long-term development of the territory. Sustained investments in education allow the training of technicians specialized in the peculiarities and needs of a region, the improvement of communities' and enterprises' capacity to self-manage and the creation of conditions for the development of the territory.
Based on these premises, our work values:
• metering: to measure progress in the chain and in the living conditions of communities, it is essential to create a ground zero with socioeconomic and cultural data from the territories.
• Protagonism and engagement: the engagement of social actors through dialogue and protocols allows for the creation of a more cohesive social fabric, in which each member has legal participation in the cooperative and also a sense of ownership, which generates greater participation.
• Education: education, through political-pedagogical projects aligned with the needs of the territories, and also included throughout the entire investment project, is one of the main vectors for training leaders and empowering communities.
Based on these premises, Interelos works on projects such as amazonbai, in which, through donations from funds such as Porticus and JBS Pela Amazônia, it develops the entire açaí chain in Amapá, from the creation of a community protocol, through the strategic planning and implementation of the factory, to the commercialization of the product.
To develop a productive chain, it is necessary to intervene simultaneously in all its links.