Francisco could have gotten a well-paying job in the city. But the the young Portuguese academic decided to use his agricultural expertise to rejuvenate a local town suffering from economic decay.
Portugal's austerity policies have helped turn the country around - and there are good economic signs ahead. But aid groups and unions say this progress has come at a high social price for the country's poor.
Portugal's compliance with tough austerity measures demanded by its international creditors appears to be paying off for many.
The Portuguese city of Porto has been transformed by austerity. Decades ago, shoes and clothing dominated the economic landscape here; now it is mostly tourism - and special fabrics used in spacecrafts. Business at the HPS company has never been better.
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