The program is run by The Magnolia Mother’s Trust and grew out of founder Aisha Nyandaro’s work helping poor mothers rise to the middle class. She says she identified a clear need among those enrolled in welfare programs that come with lots of rules and limitations -- cash.
Cheryl Gray is one of the participants in the program. She’s a single mother who brings in a total of about $12,000 each year. In 2019, she was given $1,000 a month, every month.
This is the story of Aisha Nyandaro, Cheryl Gray, and what they found over a year of trying this relatively untested approach to addressing poverty.
Reporter: Robert Samuels
Producer: Ariel Plotnick
Editor: Carol Alderman
Photo: Carolyn Van Houten
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