A Nutty Idea That Just Might Work
“Extreme poverty can be ended in our lifetime.’
If you believe this, you are:
a) Optimistic bordering on delusional.
b) A rock star with a cause.
c) A liberal policy wonk.
d) A level-headed realist who believes humans have the capacity and creativity to solve tough problems.
Maybe ending poverty isn”t such a nutty idea.
You see, poverty is not inevitable. At its roots, it”s a lack of power. It”s a young woman in Burundi who has no control over whether or when she becomes pregnant, and who faces a one in 16 chance of dying from complications of pregnancy. A girl in Afghanistan who is denied the chance to go to school. An indigenous mother in Guatemala who cannot open a bank account because she has no birth certificate. A widow in Niger who loses her home and property upon the death of her husband, and who must now ask to work, for a pittance, the very fields she used to own.
As tragic as these circumstances are, they are the result of systems that can be changed. We know from experience that with the right help at the right time, a woman can chart a better path. And when a woman is on the right path, she blazes a trail for her children, her community – her whole nation.
CARE believes ending poverty is about more than bootstraps. It”s about making the poor more powerful, and making the powerful accountable. What do you think?
We hope you agree, but, whatever your thoughts, we want you to join the conversation. Create a social networking profile and speak out. We”re glad you”re here.