Jennifer Munoz is 19, lives in Los Angeles, and has moved 29 times in just the last few years. Munoz is homeless, one of more than 600,000 Americans without a home to sleep in on a given night.
As Forbes magazine rolls out its 29th annual list of the world’s richest people this week, Fusion took a look at the other side of the coin.
According to the Brookings Institution, over one billion people (out of the world’s seven) continue to live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1.25 a day. The numbers are falling, and the most hopeful estimates suggest that by 2030 the world’s poor population will have been more than halved.
But obstacles remain. And even if economic conditions improve, many of the populations at the bottom face seemingly insurmountable social problems.
Most of the extreme poverty is concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, and China, according to Brookings. But every region in the world contains within it a group that is eking out an existence. We’ve captured some of them here.
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