ENEVA conducted between 2008 and 2009, the Resettlement of Vila Madureira, a community of 95 families that lived in the vicinity of a landfill site, in the Industrial District of São Luís, Maranhão State. The families lived in rammed-earth houses, without basic sanitation and electric power.
The project resulted in Vila Residencial Nova Canaã, in the municipality of Paço do Lumiar, and was developed with active participation of the local community. The new area, chosen by the community, included also a school, a health clinic, a church, a police squad and a foyer for the neighborhood association. The houses were provided with furniture, clean water systems and basic sanitation.
ENEVA developed, with the community’s help, an agricultural development project as an alternative source of income for these families – the HortCanaã Agricultural Hub, that guarantees income to the families and strengths the families' agriculture activities.
ENEVA, committed to local sustainable development, follows the World Bank resettlement guidelines for this project. In 2009, the Vila Nova Canaã resettlement program won the Eco Award in the New Businesses Sustainability category and currently shows significant rates in the improvement of the quality of life of the local community.