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Bolsa Família

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In the last 10 years, 1.7 million families have voluntarily given up their benefits because they have managed to improve their standard of living, achieving an income per capita of more than R $140. In addition to these families, 1 million families did not re-register for the program, probably for the same reason.

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A study by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) shows that in the 500 municipalities where the greatest concentration of beneficiaries of the Bolsa Família are located, the increase in jobs in the formal labor market (jobs with employee benefits) was 69.3%. In the Northeast, the region which has the largest number of beneficiaries of the program, the growth in formal employment was 64.8%. In other words, contrary to what some critics insist on saying, the Bolsa Família is a powerful tool for promoting employment.

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Beneficiários do Bolsa Família se qualificam para mercado de trabalho

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Selma da Silva, 42  Housecleaner, Formosa/GO

"With the money from the Bolsa Família, added to what we already earned, my husband and I managed to build our house. I think that the requirement that they make for the Bolsa, to keep the children in school and properly vaccinated, is as important as the house, because in addition to having a place to live people now have their health.".

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Manoel dos Santos e Dona Evangelina, husband-and-wife, Farmers, Neópolis/SE

Manoel: "oung man, I get really upset when I hear people say that people who get the Bolsa Família don't want to work. Tell him to come up year to Neópolis. Since the Bolsa Família arrived, the town has flourished, the women have begun to work in handicrafts and lace for sale over in Penedo (Alagoas). And we have begun to produce to supply the bed-and-breakfasts. That started about 10 years ago, right Lina?"

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Debora Evelinn A. Coelho, Student, Inajá/PE

Many people criticize the Bolsa Família, but very few of them know the reality of life in the Northeast of Brazil. With the Bolsa Família, low-income families are able to buy feed for the animals, seeds to plant, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs to feed the family. This, for example, in the city of Inajá-PE, encouraged people to open more stores, today there are more than 20, the now unemployed an average of more than 100 people".

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Maria Valquíria, Varjão, Federal District

"My life was very different before the Bolsa Família. My children went to school and had to share a notebook, because I could not afford to buy more than one. Today, we have moved out of our wooden shack and live in a house with masonry and brick walls, and they are all grown and raised and educated and have a much better standard of living. I think it is important to show to everyone that the Bolsa Família changes people's lives".

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"We know that the Bolsa Família was never intended to be the end of the journey, but rather a bridge, it was never intended to be the top of the ladder but rather the first step. It was intended, as President Lula has already said, as a way out of poverty and the door into a world with a future and hope"

 

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"The Bolsa Família is the largest and most efficient income transfer program in the world. It serves both to diminish poverty as well as stimulate the economy and consumption among lower income groups. It is an instrument to combat hunger, and at the same time promote education and health. Is not an expense, it is rather an investment in the quality of life of our people ".

 

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39% of the Brazilians who emerge from extreme poverty over the last decade were less than 14 years old. With the Bolsa Família and the Brasil sem Miséria programs, the percentage of children and adolescents living in conditions of extreme poverty declined from 10.5% in 2003 to 0.3% in 2013.

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