Most people know that world hunger is a problem- they know it’s a serious one too. Food is a necessity. Without it, we don’t survive. People come up with their own reasons as to why this is a growing problem, and they’re usually not correct. People are easily convinced if they are told that this is a problem simply because not every country’s climate can support the crops that it’s people need to survive. Yes, this is part of the problem, but only a minuscule factor in the big picture. The real problem at hand? Our global economy is so unbalanced that the wealthy people have more money than they could ever need- essentially robbing the working class and below of their wealth and money that they need to purchase essential items to live.
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For Danzita though, her life took a different turn because of her parents salary. Danzita’s mother, Esther, was a single mother who gave birth to her first child at the age of seventeen. Esther goes to work every day in what is basically a sweatshop. After paying for rent on her single-room home, daycare for her children, and her commute to work, Esther does not have enough money to pay for food and other living expenses. Things took a hard turn when Esther’s three year old daughter became ill with a stomach infection. The child’s infection was severely worsened by malnutrition, and Esther soon had to quit her job to be at home with her child. Now, Esther stays at home and sews children’s clothes to sell in a working-class district market. With this stay-at-home job, Esther receives no health benefits or social security for herself or her children. Her daily struggles are only a drop in the ocean that is the 1.4 billion people living in poverty- they are faced with many of the same obstacles that she is.
The 1.4 billion people living in poverty is caused by the sudden drop in household income- it has dropped by 5% as a global average. Since this is an average, that means that in some places, it’s worse than 5%. Some countries household income has dropped into the double digits percentage-wise. Today, it is estimated that 1 in 7 people