Lula’s policies benefitted tens of millions of poorer Brazilians through housing, education and family payments

Many Brazilians regard the era of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with a nostalgic warmth – and for strong, practical reasons – even if some argue the changes he wrought in Brazil were not enough to provide lasting growth.

Brazil rode a commodities boom during his eight year rule, from 2003-2010, that helped its economy grow while poverty and inequality fell.

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