Price of Starbucks coffee can feed many!

povertyOn my recent visit to Manila, I stopped at a Starbucks on my way from the airport to the hotel. I bought one latte for the driver too. Besides being extremely grateful, here’s what he told me:

  • The price of that cup of coffee was equivalent to his weekly salary – USD3.5!
  • The last time he had coffee from Starbucks was over six months ago, under a similar situation. And had longed for another one ever since!

I was reminded that over 1 billion people live below the international poverty line, earning less than a dollar per day! About 25,000 people die every day due to poverty and hunger-related causes. That’s one every 3.5 seconds!

That helps put our problems in prospective, doesn’t it?