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Bolsa Família is Set to Increase to R$176 per Month in Brazil

By Charlotte Markham, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Dilma Rousseff announced this weekend that the Bolsa Família benefit will be increased nine percent to R$176 per month. The adjustment comes in view of the extreme poverty line in Brazil also being increased and will be paid to families that have an income lower than R$77 a month per family member.

The Bolsa Família social welfare program, introduced by the PT (Workers' Party) government under ex-president Lula in 2006, grants cash transfers to low income families, provided that they adhere to sending their children . . .

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