Gilberlane Oliveira (22), from a very young age, showed autonomy in household chores. His first activity in farming was with his father, when he was ten years old. After that, he was taught by his mom how to embroider and sew to increase their income. He is one of the few young people who remained in the community and chose to work with embroidery.

His mother, Ecilda, tells proudly the joy she feels for his son’s choices. “Gil learned how to embroider and sew with me, I learned from my mother and she with my grandmother and so on. She was very happy to know that her grandson would continue family customs”.

Dedicated to house and school activities, Gilberlane combined his studies with his farming duties and household chores. By the age of seventeen, when he finished high school, he started to work as a salesperson in the region. At the time, Gilberlane knew how to sew and embroider but did not see them as profitable activities. Only at the age of nineteen, when he had the chance of joining Young Rural Entrepreneur Program, he decided to combine his salesperson activities with entrepreneur training.

“Initially I subscribed to the training course out of curiosity. My friend Alisson told me about the course and the opportunity, then I decided to take part in it. It was during the training that I felt strongly about enterprising in the sewing area because I had practical knowledge, but I lacked technical knowledge in order to make my business grow, without mentioning the credit I had after training. It was a great motivation for me to start my enterprise”.

In the end of December 2013, Gilberlane finished entrepreneur training and in the following year he started his business and a relationship with Juliana (19), young woman from the community and partner in his enterprise. In the first year, the couple bought machines and necessary materials and worked in their parents’ house. In 2015, they built their own house in the community and organized a space for the business.

They produce coats and had as their first challenge learning how to cut and sew. But Gilberlane’s willpower made him look for this knowledge. As soon as he had the chance of going to his sister’s house in another city, Maranguape, he contacted an old lady to teach him that in exchange of a simple farm chicken.

After three years of setting the business, Gilberlane and Juliana dream of increasing their coat production and diversify their work with embroidery. Today they sew about 200 or 300 coats a month and count with the work of six embroiderers of the community.