Today, 1.4 billion people live on $1.25 or less and at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. Key factors to reducing this poverty include increased growth, and a reduction in inequality. As a generalization—greed, power, money, policy choices, and individual actions (or inactions) all contribute to inequality. More specifically, the wealthiest 20% of the world’s population consume 76.6% of the world’s goods while 80% of humanity subsists on the remaining 23.4%.
      As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) states, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care.” With poverty so widespread, how can this ideal be reached? Fair Trade is a step in the right direction.

"All People and things are interdependent. The world has become so
small that no nation can solve its problems alone, in isolation from
others. That is why I believe we must all cultivate a sense of
responsibility based on love and compassion for each other."

The Dalai Lama

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