Trust: What Anti-Poverty Programs Are Missing
The existing system of anti-poverty support in the United States operates from a deep suspicion of beneficiaries. This is particularly true for single Black mothers, who have historically been targets of anti-poor resentment, and depicted as “welfare queens.” What if anti-poverty programs were designed around trust, instead of making beneficiaries prove they deserve assistance? This is the question that led Dr. Aisha Nyandoro to launch Magnolia Mother’s Trust, the first guaranteed income program of its kind in the US. Drawing from over a decade of anti-poverty work, Aisha has designed a program that has provided 300+ Black mothers with a boost to escape the cycle of poverty, inspired 100+ similar programs across the US, and directly informed key national policy initiatives.
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