Poverty, Absolute Poverty And Relative Poverty Essay

771 Words Apr 29th, 2016 4 Pages
The problem that I would like my social enterprise to tackle is poverty. There are two types of poverty; absolute poverty and relative poverty. Absolute poverty consists of the number of people living on less than $2 a day while relative poverty consists of the number of people living on less than a % amount of a country’s average income (povery.org.uk). My main focus, however, is on absolute poverty. According to a Do Something ( a Non-profit Organization), “nearly 1/2 of the world’s population, more than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty less than $1.25 a day” (11 Facts About Global Poverty).
Poverty is present in every country in the world. However, in some countries a large percentage of the population is living in absolute poverty especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Poverty leads to:
• According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
• Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
• Preventable diseases like pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
Lack of access to basic amenities
• 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
• More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water.
• 1/4 of all humans live without electricity, approximately 1.6 billion people.
Poor Healthcare, Sanitation and Malnutrition

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