Development as Freedom in a Amazon Riverside Community: an analysis of the effects of Bolsa Família Program in São Carlos, Porto Velho, Rondônia

Abstract In this paper, it was reflected whether the Bolsa Família Program is an efficient public policy in the expansion of the substantial freedoms of individuals. To answer the proposed problem, the research conducted a field research in the District of São Carlos, located in Porto Velho, Rondônia. The research shows that the Bolsa Família is an successful alternative by providing better living conditions for the river communities. The access to basic utilities, such as food, school materials and clothing, are guaranteed by the program. This is extremely important, since, in these places, families do not have a fixed income, and not by disinterest in employment, but by the fact that, even if they develop occupational activities focused on subsistence, they do not have any formal employment relationship.