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In a slum on the outskirts of Chennai, India's fourth largest city and a hub of automakers and high-tech businesses, this family of five sleeps together in this small room, one block from the smolderÂ-ing trash dump. This father can make close to $2.50 a day at a sawmill-considerably higher than the typical dollar-a-day wage for laborers-but there are only 10 days of work per month.

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