Living On $1.25 A Day

The United Nations (UN) have created something that we know as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In total there are 17 goals that will transform our world and number one being poverty. According to the UN, one in every five people in developing countries live on less the $1.25 a day.

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A person living on $1.25 per day is someone who is below the poverty line, this is called extreme poverty. Around 836 million people still live in extreme poverty and the majority being from Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.


Said by Jake Harriman, CEO, and Founder, Nuru International “Extreme poverty is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.” And what he says is true, 40,000 people have left their homes in need of money. On Nuru International they make you put yourself in those people situation. They said imagine you are a mother and you don’t get to eat and you

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choose who from your four children does not eat today. They also said one more very sad yet true fact. Imagine you are a child who is so dehydrated that when you cry you can’t produce any tears.


Extreme poverty is something the can end and has to end for the development of this world.  We are created the same and we should live the same. The UN has made goals toward extream poverty:

  • By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
  • By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women, and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
  • By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
  • By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
  • Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
  • Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions.

The UN has set up websites where one can donate money toward the eliminations of poverty. United Nations Development ProgrammeWorld BankUN Children’s FundInternational Monetary Fund are websites where you can learn more and help to get rid of poverty.  “Extreme poverty is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.” said by Jake Harriman, CEO, and Founder, Nuru International. Its an issue and it must end.




2 thoughts on “Living On $1.25 A Day

  1. It truly is sad that while we have food and waste it, others are starving to death. We take the blessings we have for granted. I can’t possibly imagine what it would be like to only have a $1.25 to spend a day. Hopefully we can change that in the near future.


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