One of thirteen children of the couple of farmers Antônio and Maria de Fátima, Benedito had always been motivated by his parents to study and work to help in the family support. In 2014 he started to study Pedagogy, a Distance Course provided by the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), and tried to balance studies with some job to obtain some income.

For two years, he worked in many establishments in his municipality, but none met his expectations. He wanted to keep studying, working and collaborating with other young people. A friend of Benedito who knew about his life projects told him about Young Rural Entrepreneur Program promoted by Adel.

Benedito did not hesitate to get to know the idea and soon bet that entrepreneurship would be a strategy to accomplish his goals: having financial Independence, continuing to live in his community and inspiring other young people.

“The need to be independent, help my family and learn more convinced me immediately to take part in the program and try to handle one more activity in my work days. In the beginning of 2015, I subscribed, was selected and started one more journey which provided me a range of opportunities that until then I did not understand”.

During his entrepreneur training, Benedito did a market research and identified that investing in countryside poultry farming was a great opportunity. The activity is consistent with climate conditions and very appropriate to the property.

“In the beginning (of the course) I did not have a clear idea of business, the only thing I thought was in how I could start making money, having autonomy and being a reference in my community. I talked over the interview that I would set up a business in the farming area because I was aware of its needs”.

With the acquired knowledge from entrepreneur training, the support from Fund Veredas and from the family, Benedito organized a space in his backyard, built a shed and bought 150 chicks to start the business. After four months, he started to sell chicken in his own community.

The profits from the first batch of chicks were invested in his own enterprise in order to increase production and serve new markets. In the meantime, his sister Raquel and three other young people of Carnaúba were inspired by his story, joined the program and share the wish of strengthening their enterprises and collaborate with community development.