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Luz para Todos

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• See where the PAC 2 projects are being made for the Light for All program

• See the interview with Ildo Grüdtner, Secretary of Electric Energy of the Ministry of Mines and Energy

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A priority for the social inclusion agenda, the Light for All Program is part of the Accelerated Growth Program (PAC 2). By June 2014, about 486,000 hookups were made and another 1.9 million Brazilians in the countryside were contemplated for future connection — agrarian reform settlers, indigenous communities, quilombolas and riverine populations. Of this total, 179,000 people are beneficiaries of the Brazil without Poverty program.

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• See how the Light for All Program arrived at Ilha das Araras, in Pará

• The challenges of bringing electricity to Lago do Curiã (RO) and Serra do Cafundó (CE)

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The Light for All program brings electricity and dignity wherever the people are found. No matter the cost or logistical difficulties. No less than 90,000 meters of underwater cable today is immersed in the sea and rivers, illuminating islands and other remote regions. New technologies have been developed, such as polyester resin poles reinforced with fiberglass, five times lighter than conventional poles, they reach places that previously seemed impossible to serve, floating in river waters or hoisted by helicopters.

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Light for All has benefited 228,000 families (more than 1 million people) who live and work in agrarian reform settlements. The electricity generates income and improves their quality of life. In the Colônia 2 settlement in the municipality of Padre Bernardo (GO), for example, irrigated agriculture increased productivity and household incomes. In a settlement in Itamarati, in Ponta Porã (MS), the milk cooling tanks ended product loss and damage.

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• Program brings health and education to quilombola community in the municipality of Tapecuru- Mirim and Ilha Grande community in Maranhão

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More than 29,000 families (about 150,000 people) living in communities of descendants of escaped slaves (quilombolas) have benefited from the Light for All Program, according to the MME. Exit darkness, enter the electric light — and with it the refrigerator, television, fans ... In the municipality of Alcantara (MA), the largest area with such communities, the appliance stores sold more than ever before. In the Arenhengaua community, small merchant Antonio Coelho, who in time of darkness could only sell cakes and biscuits, now displays promotions for meat, ice cream and cold beer.

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