Poverty is hunger. Most often, poverty is a regular situation of hunger leading to chronic hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read.

Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty is losing a child to illness brought about by malnutrition. Poverty in social perspective is a state of existence, where people do not have power, lack of representation in political sense and lack of equal opportunities. As poverty has many dimensions, it has to be looked at through a variety of indicators - levels of income and consumption, social indicators, and indicators of vulnerability to risks and of socio/political access.