The North Eastern states of Brazil have already seen numerous high quality Minha Casa Minha Vida developments launch over the past 4 years, mainly thanks to the North Eastern state of Rio Grande do Norte being the South American headquarters of Anglo-Brazilian property Giant EcoHouse Group.

Now other states are hoping that EcoHouse will launch more of their superior quality social housing developments throughout the country and with the Brazilian government expected to extend the minha casa minha vida programme for another few years at least this may now be possible.

EcoHouse Brazil are however tight lipped as to where exactly they will launched their next social housing project but the Mid Western state of Mato Grosso do Sul has been a state that has come up in interviews and press releases on a number of occasions. Here’s a little more information about the recently founded state.

Mato Grosso do Sul (In English this translates as “thick forest of the south”) is an interesting mid-western Brazilian state. It’s unusual because it is so recent, having been founded only in 1977. That was when it was split away from Matto Grosso, its similarly-named and larger neighbour to the north. Mato Grosso do Sul (‘MGS’) is sparsely populated.

It has only two and a half million people, about a third of whom live in the capital, Campo Grande. That’s not very many people for a state with about the same land area as Germany (350,000 sq Km). MGS borders the adjacent countries of Bolivia to the west and also Paraguay to the southwest. This is as well as the other Brazilian states of Mato Grosso, Goias, Minas Gerais, Sao Paolo and Parana which are all next to it

The countryside makes up the vast majority of the land and it’s regarded by the many tourists each year as being both varied and beautiful. For example the popular Pantanal lowlands include forests, savannahs, open pastures and farms. This area is regarded as the largest ‘flooded’ lowland area on earth. In fact the name Pantanal was considered seriously as the name for the new state when it was created 35 years ago, before the decision was made to have a variation of its ‘parent’ state’s name. Another title considered at the time was Maracaju, which refers to the name of the main mountain range which runs from north to south across the territory.

In the so-called ‘Cerrado’ areas, mostly in the south and central regions, most farming people are Brazilians of either Portuguese or German descent, with some ethnic Italians too. Most of Mato Grosso do Sul’s economy is based one way or another on either service industries (46%) or on farming, both large and small scale. This latter mostly consists of crops (soybeans are important) and cattle raising and related occupations. Both of these are helped by the numerous tributaries of the mighty Parana River which criss-cross the state. There’s also an industrial and manufacturing sector which accounts for about one fifth of the state economy. Altogether, though, MGS accounts for only about one per cent of Brazil’s GDP. By the way, the general climate of MGS is mostly humid and warm but occasional variations at both ends of the temperature scale do happen.

The EcoHouse Group have offices in Brazil, the UK, North America, the Middle East, Singapore, malaysia and China. They have been constructing Minha Casa Minha Vida homes since 2009, and are reducing the housing shortage and giving people the chance to make Secure Investments through a secure government run programme.