Gilberlane Okunbor, 22 years, lives in the community of Muquém. From a very young age, already demonstrated autonomy in homework assignments. The first activity was in agriculture with his father at the age of ten. One of the youngest children of five siblings, stood out for always being willing to help others.
Son of Maria Ecilda, 53 years, and Gilberto Honório, 53 years, always been dedicated and willing to help parents when prompted. Vicky's mind that encouraged small still embroidering and sewing for finding very tiring for the son to work in agriculture and other menial activities for little remuneration. "See that, If he could learn to embroider, would earn more, be closer to me and if I would wear less. I remember he, at the beginning, hiding the visits when she was embroidering or sewing that was not yet prepared to take the new occupation. It was funny. I called his attention, explaining that it wasn't just woman who did it, until he lost the shame and began to pursue the activity ".
Vicky reports that his son was one of the few young people in the community who made different, I wanted to stay and be close to family and her mother, Maria Zilda, 78 years, who resides near her house, was happy to see her grandson continuing a past work for generations. "It's great to be with the kids close to home, mostly working and helping, Gil learned to embroider and sew with me, i learned from mine and her from my grandmother and so on. She was very happy when I heard that your grandson would give continuity to the customs of the family, and I was right ", reports.
Gil was dedicated at home and also in high school. Throughout basic education, the young Salvador school activities with agriculture and services home. At seventeen, completed high school. At that time, Gil knew embroider and sew, but, at that moment, couldn't see as a profitable activity.
Was, So, the opportunity to work as a salesman in the region with Rafael, friend who resided in the community and which would later be your brother-in-law. For ten months, Gil dedicated himself to the activity of a salesman. In spite of your busy time to point out too early and get only at night, He was well paid and supplied their needs at that time.
In the subsequent year, with nineteen years, the opportunity arose to Gil join the course in Entrepreneurship and business management of the Rural young entrepreneur Program (PJER) by Adel. I heard about the course through another young man who had already joined. After receiving the encouragement, Gil was interested, decided then to reconcile the activities of seller with the training.
"Initially I enrolled in the course just out of curiosity. My friend Alisson referred me and talked about the opportunity, AI decided to participate. It was during the training, that arose in me the desire for truth to take in sewing area because I had the practical knowledge, missing only the technician to be able know get the business forward, not to mention the credit you had access after training. It was a great incentive to put my project ", says Gil.
The young reconciled the course with collection activities. Despite having clear sales, still continued in business otherwise. He also returned to embroider with his mother. This time, being well paid, further strengthening the desire to invest in the business itself. From the very beginning, the father Gilberto encouraged his son in the search for opportunities, but emphasized that this opportunity had to be in the region, in the community. "Always encouraged him in everything I did. Despite the difficulties of the community, I saw that he was to stay here and earn your own money. He learned from her mother to embroider, joined the course and today are here around us, making your own income and helping community and our family.
At the end of December 2013, Gil completed the course and, in the subsequent year, accessed the Fund's credit line Paths, initiative of Adel to financially support young rural entrepreneurs projects. After access, Gil started the business and relationship with Juliana, 19 years, young community, sister of Raphael, who undertook with Gil to embroider, assisting him directly in the enterprise.
After a year, Gil had already bought the necessary machines and materials and was already undertaking with Juliana at his parents' house. In 2015, Gil built his own house near his parents' house and went on to reside in it with Juliana. There, the young man organized a space for business.