Helping to improve conditions for those who live in poor and impoverished countries is a noble pursuit, but also brings with it it’s own set of nuances. However, it can also create lasting benefits beyond simply bettering their situation. When looking for reasons to invest in the poor and impoverished, it is critical to look beyond the superficial. Here are two clear reasons why we should invest in the poor.

Help Make Them Less Susceptible

Many of the poorest nations, and even communities in thriving nations such as the United States, are stricken with crime. In developing countries, places ravaged by economic hardship, gangs and terrorists find a feeding ground for new recruits. Using temptation, these individuals can promise horribly impoverished people a better life without ever coming through on it.

Frequently, the primary staple of life, food, is the bait. Many of these people have little or nothing to feed themselves or their families. For the same reason, higher crime rates invariably exist in places that are economically challenged. When offered a means to survival, they are easy prey.

By investing in the poorer countries, healthy nations can begin to prevent, and eventually stop the migration of impoverished people into gangs and terrorist organizations. The alternative is violence and death, a threat to global security. Undoubted, investing in these people is a smarter choice for the long term outlook of these countries.

Help Make Them Self-Sustaining

Most people would rather take care of themselves, as opposed to being taken care of by outsiders. It’s a natural human feeling that builds self-worth and pride, when someone can provide for themselves. By investing in these poor and impoverished people, they begin to develop a healthier self-image.

Their motivation improves, and their inner-ambition blossoms. The end result will eventually be people who become self-sustaining. As they learn to be accountable and responsible, the amount of handouts they need just to survive will drop dramatically.

People in poor countries, and even low-income neighborhoods, will gradually shift away from situations where they need assistance just to survive. By promoting a self-sustaining attitude, the burden of assistance can eventually be lessened. When an investment is made in the poor and impoverished, they can move towards becoming self-sustaining.

These are two of the benefits of investing in the poor. While assisting the less fortunate can make the giver feel better, it also helps those who receive. There are many ways to help the poor. Those that do the most good are those that reduce their susceptibility and improve their self-sustainability.