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All Poverty is Not Created Equal

ALL POVERTY IS NOT CREATED EQUAL In our work at Design Impact, we get a lot of questions about why we chose to work in India. Often these questions are followed by more pointed questions about the need for work in our own communities. This generally sounds something like, that poverty in places like rural India is different "I don't see why you have to go all the way to India than poverty in say, the Westend of Cincinnati. to find poor people. Poor people are right here too." While we don't disagree that a lot needs to be done in our own communities, we generally point out In fact, poverty in India is significantly more extreme – both in scope and degree. Take a look at some of these comparisons to see what we mean. A COMPARISON INDIA US Area (sq. miles)! 1.3 MILLION Population Above Poverty? 781 MILLION Population Above Poverty3 267 MILLIOŃ Area (Sq. Miles)' 3.7 MILLION DID YOU NOTICE? India is a little less than 1/3 the size of the US with almost 4X the population! Poverty Line (Daily)² $01.25 Population Below Poverty2 408 MILLION Below Poverty 46 MILLION Poverty Line (Daily)* $29.85 PAT 'AI'A 'AI PAI PAGPAPAI'AIPA PAIPAI'AI PADDAT PAdPAGPAIPAPA PAdPAPA PAI PAG PAdPAdPAd PAd **** 25 DID YOU NOTICE? There are more people living below the poverty line in India than there are living in the entire United States! RELEVANT SOCIAL FACTORS Malnutrition in Children Under 55 Average Square Footage of a Home Per Capita Income (as GDP)' 43.5% 1.3% 24 LOOK! Life Expectancy® 52 ft. vun 64.1 YEARS 22 ft. $441 $33,070 494 FEET? 2,700 FEET² 78.7 YEARS Literacy Rate7 Average Years Of Schoolings Reported Cases of Malaria 4.4 YEARS 14.4 YEARS 01234 5 6 7 89 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Grade School High School College 1,500,000 61% 99% 1. CIA World Fact Book, 2011 5. World Bank, World Development Indicators (2006) 8. World Bank, 2005 2. World Bank, 2005 9. World Malaria Report, WHO 2009 6. India (NY Times, 2008)v, US (National Association of Home Builders, 2009) 3. US Census Bureau, 2011 4. Based on 2009 HHS poverty guidelines DESIGN 7. India(UNICEF, 2008), US(UNESCO, 2007) IM PA CT DI

All Poverty is Not Created Equal

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This infographic illustrates the differences in “poverty” between the US and India.

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