Luiz Augusto used to hang out with drug dealers. Today, he spends most of his time online, where he has developed a policeman character for gaming.
It's important to Luiz Augusto that his online avatar looks the same as he does. He even paid 300 real (46 euros) for his digital Afro hairstyle.
A street in the Vigario Geral favela
The building with the clenched fist on the roof can be seen from far away. It's home to the social enterprise Afro Games.Foto: Kristin Bethge
Music executive Ricardo Chantilly is the founder of Afro Games.
Gabriela Evellyn Ferreira, who was good at math in school, succeeded in landing a slot on Afro Games' professional team.
Gean Guilherme Santos Lopes earns money with his crypto art that he then uses to support the needy in his community.Foto: Kristin Bethge
As a child, Santos Lopes often couldn’t go to school because gangs and police shot at each other outside. His art is also a way of processing things.Foto: Kristin Bethge
The St. Amaro favela is located in Rio de Janeiro. Many lost their jobs here as a result of the crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.Foto: Kristin Bethge
Streamer Luiz Augusto didn't get onto Afro Games' professional team, but the social enterprise hired him anyway.
Afro Games teaches 100 students either programming or how to play "League of Legends."
Luiz Augusto would rather spend 15 hours online than out on the streets.