Embaixada Babacu Livre - Babacu Palm Tree Products
Deep in the interior of the state of Maranhao, local female workers initiated a unique women's movement integrating the practice of traditional extractive economy. They identify themself as coconut-breakers, making a living by collecting and gathering coconuts of palm trees called babacu, an endemic oil palm of the region.
In the late 1993, with the support and technical assistance of the Association of Settlement areas in the state of Maranhao (ASSEMA) a number of coconut-breaker groups started an experiment of processing babacu coconut oil to produce natural soup.
Embaixada Babacu Livre is the house of ASSEMA on Rua 28 de Julho, 175 (Praia Grande) in Sao Luis. It's the house of events like exhibitions, fairs and discussions, the place where the solidary economy takes place. Beside babacu natural soap, recycled paper and package (boxes) - produced from vegetal fibres and natural colour, different organic products and foodstuffs, are also available.