Institute Perene
Sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in Brazil´s Atlantic Rainforest.

Cleaner Cooking

Cooking over smoky, open-fires is a daily burden for 85% of Brazil´s rural families. Perene Institute is changing this reality across hundreds of villages in the Recôncavo region, one cookstove at a time…

Forest Conservation

Brazil´s Atlantic Rainforest once blanketed 5000 km of coastline, providing habitat for a wealth of biodiversity; today only 7% of this biome endures. Perene works closely with rural communities to protect and restore the forest…

Sustainable Livelihoods

Villagers in the Atlantic Rainforest produce intricate handicrafts and delicious cuisine sourced from local mangroves and waterways. Perene seeks to support women´s enterprises by connecting them with local and international markets.

Who We Are

Instituto Perene is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 with the mission of promoting development while protecting natural resources in rural Brazil.  Founded by Guilherme Valladares, a forester and entrepreneur from Brazil, and Renata Everett Valladares, an American engineer, the institute has grown to a team of motivated and dedicated women and men tackling social and environmental issues with practical solutions. Ten years of field work in the Recôncavo region of Brazil have led to a deep knowledge of the problems faced by rural villages and a profound respect for the ingenuity and perseverance of local families in overcoming their daily challenges.

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