THE AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN: A REGION IMPAIRED BY POVERTY
Poverty is widespread, in fact, 1 in 5 Latin Americans live in chronic poverty. Coupled with the contextualization that 19.5 percent of children compared to 9.2 percent of adults worldwide are victims of poverty, a grim reality emerges.
Guatemala has the highest poverty rate across the region with nearly 60 percent living below the poverty line - comparable to the poorest countries in Africa. By comparison, the rate in wealthier places such as Chile are at around 10 percent.