Getting Better At Doing Good

A dynamic breed of entrepreneur is using business strategies to combat social ills

Rodrigo, you are crazy. Poor people can never use computers." That is what friends and business associates in Rio de Janiero said to Rodrigo Baggio five years ago when he told them about his dream to bring technology into the city's sprawling slums, called favelas. He didn't listen. Now Baggio, 30, operates 117 computer schools in the slums of 13 Brazilian states through his Committee for the Democratization of Information Technology (CDI). Most of the 32,000 young people who have completed classes either have jobs or are starting their own businesses. Without Baggio's inspired idea, most of them would have faced...

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