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What Does A Poor Person Look Like?

Here are two pictures of Bauleni Banda, a subsitence farmer who lives in rural Malawi.

They were taken by Duncan McNicholl, a Canadian engineer who works on water and sanitation projects in Malawi. He lived with Banda and his family for three months in 2008.

McNicholl's working on a photo project inspired by the standard photos we see of poor people in Africa — torn clothes, look of despair, etc. He asks people if he can take one photo of them dressed up, and another of them dressed very poorly. Read more about it on his blog, Water Wellness.

Perspectives on poverty
(Duncan McNicholl/Water Wellness)

Hat tip: Poor/Not Poor via NYT