People on Income Level 2 earn between $2 and $8 a day. They don’t have to struggle like people on Level 1 to meet their most basic needs and in many ways life is better. For the three billion people on this income level, though, there’s still a lot of uncertainty.
People still work in physically demanding jobs and are often farmers, but can start to save money. That extra money can enable them to buy a bike, which at this income level can make a huge difference to a person’s life. It means they can fetch water from a cold water tap in less than 30 minutes and travel to a job that pays a bit more.
More money allows them to be able to buy some meat, eggs or vegetables from the local shops or market in addition to the staple grains. They can also afford spices. While meals are still basic, they can now be cooked on a gas burner rather than an open fire.
The houses people live in are stronger than on Level 1 but are still simple and made from a patchwork of materials. There is more likely to be a lock on the door but there are still many people sharing a small space. They no longer have to sleep on the floor, though, as they can afford mattresses.
Electricity is unstable but can allow families to have a few lightbulbs in their home. That means children can spend more time doing their homework after the sun has gone down.
Being on Level 2 means a person can afford basic medication, but one major illness in the family or damage from an extreme weather event could mean moving back to Level 1 and extreme poverty.