Bolsa Familia


Brazilian conditional direct cash transfer program aimed at households with family incomes equal to or less than R$ 85.00 per person (in extreme poverty) and households with per capita income between R$ 85.01 and R$ 170.00 (in poverty), provided that they have children or adolescents from 0 to 17 years old*.

The Bolsa Familia Program (BFP) operates in three dimensions, which contribute pivotally to achieving its main goal: overcoming the reproductive cycle of poverty in families. These dimensions are:

  • Promote immediate poverty relief through direct cash transfers to families;
  • Strengthen the exercise of basic social rights in the areas of healthcare, education and social assistance, through the fulfillment of conditionalities;
  • Promote opportunities for the development of families, through actions that promote the overcoming of vulnerability and poverty by BFP beneficiaries.

The target audience of the Bolsa Família Program is constituted by families in poverty (those who have monthly per capita incomes between R$ 85.01
and R$ 170.00) and extreme poverty (those with family income at or below
R$ 85.00 per person)
 that are registered in the Unified Registry for Social Programs of the Federal Government (Cadastro Único).

Learn more about the BFP

Materials on the BFP


Management of Conditionalities of the BFP:

Interfederative Coordination of the BFP:

Control and oversight of the BFP:

Coverage, Targeting, and Eligibility of the BFP:

Payment System of the BFP:



The series of videos on the Brazilian system of social protection presents general concepts of the Bolsa Família Program and the Unified Registry by true testimonials from beneficiaries and practitioners of social programs.



The Bolsa Verde Program is also a cash transfer program, but subject to socio-environmental conditionalities that seek to foster better living conditions for people and communities that carry out natural resources conservation activities in rural areas.