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Chrystal Almeida of Thornton, Colo. is one of about 100 people receiving $250 in cash every two weeks as part of a pilot project to help launch home-based child care businesses. Photo by Valerie Mosley / Special to The Colorado Trust

Thornton, Colo. resident Chrystal Almeida receives no-strings-attached cash payments every two weeks from one of several national universal income experiments. The money helped Almeida open her own home-based child care business.

Twenty-six year-old Almeida—who lost her job as a medical assistant during the COVID-19 pandemic—bought toys, books and other educational supplies for infants and toddlers with $250 from the Thriving Providers Project that lands in her bank account a couple times per month.

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