Water for the Bahia area in Brazil

Project description

It is mainly great soy producers who buy up land in large parts of Brazil. This is why poor farmers frequently lose their land. Many of them were forced to move to the dry and barren Bahia area in northeast Brazil where they do not have enough water to survive and provide for their animals, which are their livelihood. Especially at the end of the dry season people are frequently forced to drink water from dirty puddles, which is a health risk. Often, whole tracts of land and wood are being burned down in order to find remaining springs of water. Especially because of climate change the dry area in northeast Brazil expands.
The Styrian “Verein für Quellen & Hilfsprojekte” (association for springs and aid projects) found out that there is enough ground water in this area to secure survival of the people. It constructs water wells in a quick and simple manner, which secure water supply for the people.
Greenfinity finances the construction of seven wells, which provide water for 60 families and a hospital.

Project Goals

  • climate protection → counteract slash-and-burn land clearance
  • preserving vegetation and biodiversity
  • securing water supply for people living in the area  → they are not dependent on dirty water
  • counteract illnesses caused by polluted water
  • make growing of vegetables possible
  • provide a livelihood for landless farmers

Project Location

Bahia area (Brazil)

Project Period

December 2013 – December 2015


Lyoness Greenfinity Foundation bears any costs in relation to construction, maintenance and repair of the wells.

Covenantee Group

Approx. 60 families and a hospital

Project Partner

“Verein für Quellen & Hilfsprojekte” (association for springs and aid projects)
Associação de Projeto Agua y Vida (APAV) (Brasilien)