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Tackling Brazil's poverty

At the center of Brazil's growing prosperity is a program called Bolsa Familia. It is a direct grant that nearly 12 million poor families receive, and it is widely regarded as one of the largest and most successful social transfer funds in the world.

But critics complain that it does not provide the tools people need to really escape poverty for good.

The BBC's Gary Duffy has gone to Sao Luis to gauge the program's impact.

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