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What is Poverty?

“In the developed world, our understanding of poverty is often based on what we see in our own country. However, even the poorest among us are in the wealthiest 30% of people worldwide. Impersonal stats are our most common window into life in extreme poverty, but what if we asked those in poverty to help us understand what it is?” Compassion International wrote a blog that answers this question. Scarcity – or the lack of basic needs: food, livestock, clothing, shelter – did come up, but it was not the top of the list. Our understanding of poverty usually relates to economic terms. However, when those living in extreme poverty were asked to describe what that meant, DEPENDENCE was on the top

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