What is Poverty?

Written by Agape Harry | Posted on  25 March.




  1. the state of being extremely poor
  2. The state of being inferior in quality or insufficient in amount.


Thanks to the Google definition on the top, we see that poverty is defined as being poor. Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services.

I remember one afternoon, my father took me out for lunch in a very good and expensive hotel, at that time I was about 10 years old and for me I thought it was really good that I am having lunch in a very nice hotel and not the usual local restaurants. We had the usual father/daughter chats, laughs and giggles. Then he suddenly turned a serious face and told me that life has its ups and downs, how one day you can have it all, nice cars, eat out in good hotels, buy nice things and all but the next you find yourself with nothing, you find yourself losing everything you have. Me being a 10 year old I was puzzled as to why he would tell me something like that, I did not understand why he would talk like that, considering the fact that he took me to a really nice hotel. A lot of things ran through my head including the thought that we might be going bankrupt or something.

He saw that I was confused by all he said and told me that all he wanted me to understand is that I shouldn’t be too comfortable with my life, there are a lot of people starving and lacking the important things like shelter, food and clothing. I should learn to appreciate and not take anything for granted. After lunch we left the hotel and then he took me around town, and at one specific area I saw a lot of homeless children my age and I was just staring at them, he watched me from the side as I looked at them and a tear dropped from my eye. I turned to him and asked why is it that they are living in the streets and he I don’t know, all I know is that it’s not their choice and that they don’t deserve that kind of life but that’s just how life is. According to him, I asked him for some money and I dropped from the car, went to the near shop, bought some juice and biscuits and I went over to the homeless kids and gave it to them each and then I went back to the car.

  • 836 million people still live in extreme poverty
  • About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day

The sustainable goals development has planned 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 and also by 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day.