Poverty in Peru

By Alexa Bournazos

Peru is a middle-income country with high levels of inequality. Despite an increase in economy and decrease in poverty in recent years, 22% of Peru’s population lives in poverty. In Peru, poverty is defined by earring less than $103 per month. Peru has been experiencing economic growth since 2001 leading up to the pandemic, and with this growth poverty rates decreased until 2017 when they began to hold steady. With this economic growth, many Peruvians remain in poverty. According to a study conducted by The World Bank published in 2015, 130 million people remain in poverty. Poverty in Peru is becoming harder to minimize, and many people cannot provide for their family or rely heavily on their day to day jobs, proving a direct problem with COVID-19 safety protocols.

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