The most stimulating challenge of my life

Posted by C&A Foundation on Dec 05, 2017

Cristiane has an unforgettable smile. She works at the C&A Distribution Center in Rio de Janeiro, and together with her colleagues, she is responsible for supplying one of the most populated regions of Brazil. 

Cristiane, 36, considers herself a happy person. She loves her work, her family life and the community where she lives and if you ask her where this love for life comes from, she will say that it stems from the happiness she feels in helping children in a vulnerable neighbourhood on the outskirts of Rio. 

She has been part of C&A's Volunteer Program since 2000, when she accepted the invitation for what she considers one of the most stimulating challenges of her life: taking part in humanitarian actions at a city school. "I fell in love with working with children. You give love and children know that someone looks out for them. I learn more from them than they can learn from me." 

“I fell in love with working with children. I learn more from them than them from me.”

Instituto C&A Volunteer Cristiane

Tatiana Cardeal is a photographer based in São Paulo, Brazil, and has worked with a range of not-for-profit organisations on various environmental, cultural and human rights campaigns.  

C&A Foundation works with Tatiana to capture the breadth of our programmes and initiatives in Brazil. She is documenting the volunteering work of C&A employees, visiting cotton farmers in the fields, and seeing Bolivian workers in their homes and workplaces. Through her images, Tatiana hopes to express the complexities behind the Brazilian people and culture.

Her images are part of a wider series of photographs providing insight into the lives of the people behind our clothes. Over the next two months, our Instagram is featuring the work of five different photographers. Tatiana is the fifth and final artist in the series and her images show volunteers, cotton farmers and factory workers at work and home. 

For more visit our Instagram page @candafoundation