Morals and Poverty


Three important topics are up for discussion. 1. Is it right or ethical to sell people essential goods and services when those people may only make $2.00 per day? 2. Should people market and sell nonessential goods and services to these poverty stricken people? Lastly let’s talk about the pros and cons of markets and charities. These are all serious situations that the First World governments are facing.

Should we freely give people what they need when they cannot seem to make it on their own? The number one problem with poverty stricken third world countries is clean water and food follows closely behind. There is also a problem with sanitation. In Latin America there are open sewage canals where the waste runs down the roads. This causes disease to spread and many children die. (

We are speaking of selling essential items (i.e. Food, water, homes) to people living in utter poverty who make a non-livable wage. What I am proposing is that companies should help these governments find ways to create clean water, bring their wealth and knowledge and help these communities fix these sewage problems and help bring jobs to the communities so that these people have access to a better lifestyle. Essentials should be sold to these communities however at a lower rate equal to that of what the local market deems acceptable and allowing the governments to help provide them with cheap water and food. According to “If you live in a slum in Manila, you pay more for your water than if you lived in London.” ( This has to stop and corporations have the liquid to make a wave with these communities. Should essentials be freely given to people, yes and no. I think companies should help these people receive clean water by making their environments safer and cleaner so they can increase their stance in life and purchase this on their own.

Should we sell non-essential items to these people making less than $2 per day? Non-essential items such as dolls, jewelry, porcelain figurines? We are speaking of morals here, should we sell it to them or give it to them? Should they have access to it at all? Well, the average person does give to charity, but should we even offer it to them? Is it right we should dangle things they have no way of getting without a charitable donation? I am not sure that flaunting goods in the eyes of the poor is the right thing unless you plan to give it to them. I firmly believe in the idea to give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for the rest of his life. This not only is in the bible, but it is also a Chinese proverb. ( No, it is not right you sell these people non essentials when you know they cannot afford them.

The last subject of discussion is the pros and cons of charities and markets. “Pro: Charities serve the needs of those whom the free market cannot profit from serving. Con: The overhead of delivering services potentially dwarfs the value delivered to those served.” Quoted from habitat for humanity employee Marcus Hayes. ( Charities give to those who cannot provide for themselves and they do wonderful things throughout poverty stricken communities across the world. Charities also can have a large effect on communities. The American Red Cross comes in during widespread emergency situations and save massive lives, this is essential and part of our responsibility as a wealthier nation. We should not only give them water and help them relocate, but rebuild their communities so they can be active members of the economy. We must do our part to help those in need not just tomorrow, but for their future and their children’s future.

Written by: Scottye Davis

Works Cited

Hayes, Marcus. (Sept 2013) “” What are the pros and cons of charitable           organizations?. Web.

“The Quotations Page.” (1994-2015). Quotation #2279 from Laura Moncur’s Motivational  Quotations. Web.

Franklin. Benjamin. “Good”. Benjamin Franklin <Quotes<Quotable Quotes. Web.

Shah, Anup. (2010). “Global” Water and Development. Web.



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