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Denis Otieno and his daughter plant a cypress sapling purchased with money received from the charity GiveDirectly back in 2017. More recently, the charity teamed up with researchers to study the impact of cash grants on the wider community. Nichole Sobecki for NPR hide caption

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Researchers Find A Remarkable Ripple Effect When You Give Cash To Poor Families

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Mary Abagi on her farm. She used the payout from her merry-go-round savings club to buy a goat. Nichole Sobecki/for NPR hide caption

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How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'

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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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