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The cycle of poverty: What is it and how is Plan helping to break it?

Poverty begins in childhood when babies are born to poor, malnourished mothers. Because they are born into families that are poor, these children enter into a cycle of poverty that can be difficult to break. But, there is hope.

Plan gives children, families and communities the tools they need – like education, healthcare, and access to water and sanitation – to break the cycle of poverty and build solutions for improving their own lives, beginning a cycle of progress.

The cycle of poverty

Plan believes that breaking the cycle of poverty begins with investing in children.