One-Time Investments Reduce Poverty for 10 Years

Level 2 Level 3
İngilizce Öğren LingoVivo News

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that helping poor people with money or animals can make their lives better even after many years. They studied a program in India that started in 2007. In this program, poor families could choose to get animals like cows or goats, or they could get things to start small businesses. The families also received about $7.60 each week for 30-40 weeks and got visits for advice on health, life, and business.

After 10 years, the families that joined the program spent more money on things they needed, from $1.35 to $3.53 per person each day. Families that didn't join only went from spending $1.35 to $2.90 per person each day. The families in the program also earned more money, and they had less trouble getting food and better health. The researchers say the benefits of the program were much more than the costs.


1- What did the families in the program in India receive as part of the initiative?

2- How much money did the families in the program receive each week?

3- How long did the families in the program receive visits for advice?


You have completed the comprehension questions. 

Parts of this lesson are based on: An article Engoo Daily News.