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O povo em primeiro lugar

Light for All


The role of the State

The Light for All program helped illuminate not only the country but also shaped the debate about the role of the State. Before the Lula government, it was up to the market to bring — or not — comfort and dignity to those who lived in darkness. And as the market always charges a lot, the Light in the Countryside program, launched by the PSDB in 1999, did not take off. Unable to afford the high costs of the program, poor rural families remained without electricity. With the Lula government, the State assumed the role of inducing development, generating opportunities and promoting citizenship.

Meet the people who are the priority of the Light for All program

• people housed in concession and permission areas where the light connections would result in very high electricity bills, according to criteria to be defined by the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL)

• people in the Citizenship Territories Program or the Brazil without Poverty Plan, mostly located in the North and Northeast regions

• electrification projects in rural settlements, indigenous communities, quilombolas and other communities located in extractive reserves or electric power generation or transmission project areas, whose responsibility is not the respective concessionaire; and schools, health clinics and community water wells.

Want to know more how the Light for All program changes the lives of millions of Brazilians?
Read Light for All – An historical landmark