The Problem Lack of economic opportunities for women and poor healthcare. Around a billion people worldwide live in absolute poverty, with little access to healthcare or economic opportunities. Products like anti-malaria treatments, nutrient-fortified foods, solar lamps, and clean burning stoves for cooking can make a positive impact in the lives of the global poor. However, these products will not help the extreme poor if the world’s most vulnerable communities do not have access to these vital resources and goods. Without distribution chains or franchises, communities have no way to access or afford products which could immensely improve, and even save, their lives.