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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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People line up to withdraw money from an ATM in Allahabad on Dec. 9. The government's removal of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes from circulation triggered a severe cash shortage. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What Can India Teach Us About Abolishing High-Value Currency?

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Demonstrators hold Indian currency notes during a protest Monday in Bangalore against the government's decision to void 500- and 1,000-rupee notes. Kiran Manjunath /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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