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Want To Help Someone In A Poor Village? Give Them A Bus Ticket Out

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Water polluted by mine runoff in West Virginia. Philip Alston, the U.N. envoy, cites a ranking of 178 countries by access to drinking water and sanitation. The United States trails behind many wealthy countries, coming in at No. 36. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Job candidates take a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J., during a job fair last month. The Census Bureau says increased employment is what's driving higher income numbers. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Likezo Nasilele and her husband, Chipopa Lyoni, with one of their four children in the courtyard of their home in rural Zambia. They were one of hundreds of families who received regular cash payouts as part of a government experiment. Nurith Aizenman/NPR hide caption

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Cash Aid Could Solve Poverty — But There's A Catch

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Denis Otieno is one of the villagers getting $22 each month from the charity GiveDirectly. He and his wife have used some of the money to buy cypress saplings. They hope to sell the trees for lumber in a few years to pay for their children's education. Nichole Sobecki for NPR hide caption

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How To Fix Poverty: Why Not Just Give People Money?

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Customers check out the produce at a Curbside Market truck parked at Andrews Terrace, a large apartment complex in downtown Rochester. The program is part of Foodlink's efforts to help poor communities have access to fresh and healthy foods. Courtesy of FoodLink hide caption

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Development Ventures International was the first investor in Mera Gao Power, which has designed a solar-powered microgrid to provide electricity to off-grid villages in India. Anna da Costa/Courtesy of USAID hide caption

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The death rate for African-Americans dropped 25 percent over 17 years, but most of that was among people ages 65 and older. Dutchy/Getty Images hide caption

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Death Rate Among Black Americans Declines, Especially For Elderly People

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