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Jonathan Watts – Star – 07 January 2014 (originally published 03 Jan)
The Bolsa Familia (Family Grant) poverty relief programme gives women in Brazil greater freedom and independence.
MARIA da Paz and her three daughters live high on the slopes of Rocinha, just beyond the boundary line between Rio de Janeiro’s biggest favela and the world’s largest urban forest.
Geographically mirroring their social position, the family’s small brick home is on the periphery of the periphery – dangerously close to the landslide zone and discomfortingly distant from roads, shops and social services . . .