What It Looks Like To Live On $1.25 A Day

Published January 14, 2015
Updated January 3, 2020

Many have made it their life's work to address global poverty. Extreme poverty has halved since 1990, but there's more work to be done.

Do you have access to $1.25? If so, how much can it buy you? The World Bank and the United Nations have been asking those very questions for years.

Extreme poverty is defined as earning less than $1.25 a day in 2005 prices, increased from the $1 a day originally set forth by the World Bank in 1996, which was still not enough to buy a hot dog combo at Costco. According to 2011 estimates, around 17 percent of the world—or around 1.18 billion people—live in extreme poverty. This is a taste of what their lives look like:

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Who benefits from poverty? Check the video below, featuring international development scholar Ananya Roy:

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