Meet a teacher who got $1,000 a month from a basic-income program

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Meet a pre-K teacher who lost her job and lived on $1,000 a month from a basic-income program for Black mothers in Mississippi: 'I didn't know how I was going to make ends meet'

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providesWare said that the Magnolia funds helped her pay for rent and groceries when faced with sudden unemployment. Additionally, she used free resources that Magnolia offered its participants, like classes on building good credit, counseling, and"They have a lot of good resources that people should use," she said."I will always advocate for this program. It's helpful getting people back on their feet and making them financially stable."

"That made me want to be a teacher," she said."I knew what I wanted to do right away." She eventually started working again in 2021, but things were rough for her family in the meantime, especially when she contracted COVID-19 in November 2020 and experienced symptoms for two full months, she said. Her three daughters had to stay with her sister during that period. 

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