The Center for Afro-Brazilian - American Cooperation

Facilitating Exchange


Levantamos’ mission is to develop partnerships between Americans and Afro-Brazilians focused on eliminating inequality and provide technical and financial assistance to Afro-Brazilian community-based organizations


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Facilitating Exchange

Past Programs

Levantamos seeks to foster people to people exchanges between Afro-Brazilians in Brazil and North Americans.

  • Women to Women in Business Exchange, funded by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs – Six African-American female entrepreneurs partnered with six Afro-Brazilian female entrepreneurs to develop business plans. Women shared challenges and successes of entrepreneurship and developed ways to improve business. Partners with local São Paulo NGO Integrare.


Past Women to Women in Business Exchange partners:

Ilha de Mare Lacemakers – on the island of Ilha de Mare, which was a former quilombo, these women participated in the women to women business exchange to develop entrepreneurship on the island, make their lace products viable and generate income, as well as preserve tradition.

Coopertane - is a cooperative of women in Salvador, Bahia, who make products from recycled paper. Coopertane head, Magda Almeida, participated in Levantamos’ first Women to Women business exchange, and one of the fruits of her participation has been the introduction of her products to the U.S. market.