Extreme poverty is far more complex than it might appear at first glance. It is often passed down from generation to generation, and in order to escape it, it is often not enough to address just one cause. The “vicious circle of poverty” is a set of interlocking factors that make it incredibly difficult for the people affected to escape their desperate situation.
School, friends, light-heartedness. For children from poor families, this is often just a dream. Many of them have to go to work at an early age and receive only a very inadequate education, if any at all. As a result, well-paid work is denied them.
The low income is often just enough to put food on the table. Putting money aside for emergencies or even investing it is not possible for many.
The lack of sufficient food, medicine and the often physically demanding work also affect people’s health. And those who are constantly sick cannot work, sliding deeper into poverty.