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Well written article on poverty. Covers a lot of points. Yes, for us average readers there is hardly any way to ascertain the numbers used and figures given. The author does not provide any references or sources of the numbers quoted.
For me, it’s clear that the author does not understand the idea that many people may earn less than dollar two per day still might live very comfortably. A farmer having a family of five with average income of 2 USD per day has total income of 10 USD per day. Given the fact that most farmers manage to have food grains , vegetables and milk by themselves, do not require gym to exercise, live in close community not requiring mobiles and internets or cars, this income is better than some low income industrial workers. This fact becomes even more clear when you factor in cheap electricity ( if there is any), no reliance on taxi’s , no use of maids, dislike for over priced pizzas and nearly free water.
I am sure , most westerners, who spend 60-120 USD per month only on mobile phone bills are not aware of simple living. I am not forming any opinion nor judging the post written. I am just not sure how wise it is to define poverty only on the basis of money.
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