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O povo em primeiro lugar

Encouragement to Work



More Bolsa Família Means More Employment

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.

• The Bolsa Família and formal employment


1.3 million individuals from low income families are enrolled in Pronatec, to learn a profession and get a higher paying job Photo: Ana Nascimento/MDSThere are those who say that the Bolsa Família provides no pathways out of poverty.  But the truth is that the program offers various means of access – to dignity, to citizenship, to the future.  From the program, the beneficiary gains access to many other opportunities, and they cling to them tooth and nail.



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Of the 4.5 million people in Brazil who are creating formal companies through the Individual Micro-entrepreneurship (MEI) Program, around 10% receive benefits from the Bolsa Família program.
In the North and Northeast regions the percentages are much higher: 35.8% and 37.8% respectively. By becoming a “formal” company, the micro-entrepreneur finds it easier to open a bank account and obtain credit, and also has social security coverage, including maternity leave and health and retirement benefits.

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Planting and harvesting

Do you know how that story about the Bolsa Família leading to indolence began? It began with the large landowners complaining that the program was absorbing all the local rural labor.

The truth is, however, that these land-owners were accustomed to paying absurdly low wages (around R$30 (US$13.40) per month) with no employee benefits. Workers were forced to accept, in order to provide for their children.  With the fear of going hungry at bay, thanks to the Bolsa Família  and the Brasil Sem Miséria programs, workers were no longer subject to exploitation.  They did not suddenly become lazy: they learned to demand their rights.

With the Bolsa Família, rural workers gain access to various programs for productive inclusion:  Technical Assistance (Ater), Non-reimbursable funds for investment in projects (Fomento), Direct sales to the Government (price support programs - PAA), and incentive programs for forest workers to help protect the environment (Bolsa Verde), among others.  These are growing a richer country.

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