RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - From a young age, Gilson Rodrigues heard that he was fated to be part of "people who are no good." "I never knew my father. My mother passed away when I was 9 years old and they didn't know what to do about me and my brother. They said we had bad blood," said Rodrigues, who grew up in the Paraisópolis favela (São Paulo).
As a teenager, the boy decided to challenge fate: he went to school and discovered his leadership and entrepreneurial skills. He became president of the community's residents' association . . .
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