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Brazil - Bringing light to slums of Brazil : Brasil - Luz para los barrios pobres de Brasil (Espanhol)

Under the Program for Normalization of Informal Areas, Light Serviços de Electricidade SA, Rio's main power provider, is working in the city's low-income communities to establish and upgrade power networks, install transformers and meters, and educate local residents about safe, cost-effective power usage. The company is working hand-in-hand with local NGOs to make sure residents understand the program and to address their concerns. For favela residents, the program does not just provide a steady, safe source of power; it also documents proof of residence, necessary for getting a phone and establishing credit, in addition to other benefits. Brazil's recent power crunch has added a new urgency to the program, which in 2000 reached out to about 150,000 new low-income clients. By 2005, Light expects to be present in 728 slums and 594 low-income communities and and "irregular" areas (those with unregistered connections or "doctored" meters) adding some 176,000 new clients.


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    Brasil - Luz para los barrios pobres de Brasil

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    low-income community;power network;basic social service;proof of residence;local ngo;power outage;essential services;electricity transmission;local resident;favela residents;commercial risk;



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