Poverty is not only a lack of money.
It's a symptom of systemic issues that impact communities on many levels.
It affects health, education, safety, and a sense of belonging.
Being poor means having to choose:
- between paying rent or buying food
- between paying for medicine or having a meal
- between working and taking care of your family
This constant struggle affects people in ways that are hard to imagine.
And it's not just about the individual.
It's about the impact on the community and the society.
When we don't address these issues, we pay for it in different ways.
We pay with higher healthcare costs.
We pay with lower economic growth.
We pay with higher crime rates.
Investing in education, healthcare, and social programs that help lessen poverty is not just the right thing to do.
It's the smart thing to do.