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Ruth Cardoso, the former Brazilian first lady, anthropologist, author and social entrepreneur, passed away on Tuesday at her home in Sao Paulo. She was 77 years old.

Cardoso was a member of the board of the United Nations Foundation, which sponsors this blog. In 1995, she founded the Brazilian non-profit Communidade Solidaria which forms public-private partnerships to combat poverty in Brazil. Our hearts go our to her family and all the people whose lives she touched.

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