Families participating in a massive anti-poverty program in India. Photo courtesy Mian Ridge and the Christian Science Monitor.
Families participating in a massive anti-poverty program in India. Photo courtesy Mian Ridge and the Christian Science Monitor.
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After a yearlong pilot program, India has launched what many consider the world’s largest anti-poverty program. It covers roughly 300-million people at a cost of $4-billion. The program hires mostly rural, unskilled laborers to work on a variety of public works projects and pays them more than what they normally would earn. It guarantees 100 workdays a year. That’s enough to make a big difference for many of India’s poor. The World Vision Report’s Peggy Wehmeyer discusses the program with Mian Ridge who covered the story for the Christian Science Monitor.
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