Are you living in poverty or did you make it onto the yearly roll call of the mega-wealthy? Maybe somewhere in between… Now’s your chance to find out where you actually sit in comparison to the richest people in the world.
The World Bank defines poverty in absolute terms. The bank defines extreme poverty as living on less than US$1.25 per day, and moderate poverty as less than $2 a day.
And when they say $1.25 or $2, they don’t mean what a US dollar could buy in Guatemala or Cambodia or Niger. They mean the standard of living at which you would live if you lived in the US and made $456 or $730 in a year. Remember, you would also have no access to health care or education, let alone the basics of sanitation.
Oh, and that $500 or $700 is earned by backbreaking labour, or begging, or something that takes up all your free time so there’s no leisure time where you could get a second job or better yourself in some way. It is really unfathomable for our western minds to grasp this concept without seeing it first-hand to believe that it is possible for anyone to survive in these conditions, let alone billions of people.
It brings a whole new perspective to the saying, “First World Problems!”