Pictures of Poor People

The key to fighting poverty in the world lies in connecting with the poor as people. The poor are not a problem to be solved or an issue to be managed. They are people. With hopes, dreams and desires. Fight for people; don't just fight against poverty.

These pictures of poor people are a catalog of poverty. The people wear poverty on their faces and carry it on their backs. Hardship is etched into their skin and doubt and fear burden their minds. They are clothed in need and struggle with hopelessness. Yet, they still command attention.

Look at me. I am here. I am like you.

The photos below show the face of poverty in the developing world. All of the pictures are available to license.

A poor adult woman wearing a white dress and white head covering stands in a doorway with a hand resting on the door frame.


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A woman in the Solino slum of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Environmental factors ranging from insect and water-borne illnesses to extreme weather conditions depress the spirits and health of poor people.

A poor adult woman wearing a white and red head wrap. She is standing outside of a block home and is looking into the camera.

Burkina Faso

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Gender inequality and high birth rates are two of the many social issues faced by poor people in developing countries.

An older Maasai man


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An older man wrapped in the traditional checkered pattern wrap of the Maasai tribe. One of the biggest contributors to global poverty is lack of access to education. Many young Maasai still do not have access to formal education.

An older poor woman wearing a red shawl and black hat. She has many wrinkles on her face.


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While the developed world argues over the ethics of issues like family planning and birth control, the poor continue to experience unprecedented population growth. is presented by Compassion International