"It's not just countries that are getting richer -- individual people are, too. In 2005, the number of people worldwide living in absolute poverty, or on $1.25 or less a day, was around 1.3 billion, according to estimates from Laurence Chandy and Geoffrey Gertz of the Brookings Institution. The same researchers suggest it was below 900 million last year. From one-half of the developing world in 1981, they estimate the proportion of people in absolute poverty today at less than one-sixth." http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/02/07/the_poor_are_getting_richer
My friend Lori posted this on her blog today and I couldn't help but steal it....it brings hope and joy to my heart.