39 Million or 20% of Brazilians Live on Government Charity

A report just released by Brazil’s government statistical bureau (IBGE), "Education and Access to Transfer of Income Social Programs" has found that one in every five Brazilians receive money from the government to buy food.

This represents a total of almost 39 million people in 2004, most of them residing in homes where the monthly income was up to one minimum wage (US$ 139). In order to receive the government handouts the families getting the money have to keep their children in school.

The IBGE report presents a socioeconomic profile of households that get financial benefits from government social assistance programs. The report was based on a survey that consisted of interviews with almost 400,000 people and visits to 139,100 households.

The report shows that besides being low-income, a large number of the families surveyed were bigger, younger and less educated than families which did not receive similar government assistance.

Many of the households did not have durable goods, such as television or refrigerators; 42.4% did not have sewage disposal; 70% did not have running water.

On the other hand, 92.9% had electricity; 88.3% had garbage collection. And 43.7% of the families that received government social program benefits were farm workers.

ABr

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Saudis Have Oil for 140 Years, says Aramco Chief in Brazil

There is no reason to fear a shortage in oil supply. This is what ...

Brazil Industry Complains: ‘We Can’t Compete with the Chinese’

In conversations with Brazil’s Minister of Development, Luiz Fernando Furlan, the president of the ...

Brazilian Bits and Pieces

Too much fuss about Lula putting on a baseball cap bearing the Landless Movement’s ...

There’s a Place for All Kinds of Socialists at Brazil’s Power Table

In 2006 Lula created a stir by announcing that he is not a “socialist” ...

The Anatomy of Torture

By Brazzil Magazine 1. Following a request by the Special Rapporteur in November 1998, ...

What’s Eating Brazil

I have an offer from the bureaucrats in the port of Santos, Customs and ...

LETTERS

Samba for the next millennium won’t be restricted to the borders of Brazil. Thanks ...

35% of Brazilians Over 40 Are Hypertense. Brazil Wants to Change This

How and why do hypertension and diabetes mellitus develop? This is one of the ...

A Brazilian Indian woman with her child

Brazilian Indians Reoccupy Area Invaded by Sugar Cane Farmers

Tired of waiting for the demarcation of their lands, the Potiguara Indians, in the ...

Inflation Fears Bring In the Bears in Brazil

Brazilian and Latin American equities declined, as fears regarding inflation and interest rates weighed ...