Rio de Janeiro | May 2012

BRL 2.33 (USD 1.23, EUR 0.93).

This is based on per capita per-day basis of the government’s definition for extreme poverty in Brazil.

Brazil launched the federal ‘Brazil Without Poverty’ (Brasil Sem Miséria) Plan in June 2011, targeting households earning less than BRL 70 per person in monthly income. The Bolsa Familia, or Family Grant program, is a means-based program provides families monthly conditional cash transfers. In February 2013, President Dilma Rousseff announced that the Bolsa social program would raise the incomes of families under extreme poverty to above BRL 70 from March 2013, with the aim of eradicating extreme poverty.

Overall, the government’s target is to lift 22 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty since the Plan started in 2011. However, it is estimated that 700,000 Brazilians in extreme poverty have not yet been registered under the Unified National Registry for Social Programs to qualify for these assistance programs. Poverty data is tracked by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). 

Note: Latest available standards and exchange rates were taken as of May 2012, when the photography was undertaken.

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