Our name is a tribute to Maria and João Aleixo, two sensitive people who migrated from Cariri, Paraíba, to Rio de Janeiro in search of a better life. In the Nova Holanda favela, in Maré, they settled and opened a small shop called "armarinho".
With the support of other migrant families, they provided education for their children. Later, they built a shelter for people with disabilities and the elderly in their hometown.
The Maria and João Aleixo Institute was founded to recognize and honor these families, celebrating popular and peripheral wisdom capable of dreaming of better living conditions. The Institute values the vitality of peripheral subjects, popular wisdom, the production of knowledge and education as pillars to promote a more just and egalitarian future.