Living on a Dollar a Day: The Book

Our award winning book Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor tells the stories in words and images of the 1.2 billion people on Earth who struggle to survive on less than one dollar a day. In creating this book we captured profiles of more than 40 individuals and families from 10 countries around the world and addressed the factors that both bring about poverty as well as help mitigate its consequences. The book details the difficulties of subsistence agriculture, access to health care, women’s social status, child labor, and worker’s rights.

“Too often those of us who live comfortable lives miss the entire spectrum of humanity who share our planet in lives of desperate poverty. This book brings all of us closer.”

– Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Unfairness in the human condition can only be remedied when people everywhere care.”

 – The 14th Dalai Lama

Honors for Living on a Dollar a Day

  • 1st Place Environmental Picture Story BOP NPPA
  • 1st Place Documentary Book, IPA (International Photography Awards)
  • World Understanding Award Finalist (Pictures of the Year International)
  • Moscow Foto Awards, HM Picture Story
  • Scripps Howard Photojournalism Award Finalist
  • International Book Awards Winner for Non-fiction Narrative Writing


Thomas A. Nazario is the founder and president of The Forgotten International, a nonprofit organization that does poverty alleviation work in several parts of the world. Mr. Nazario is also an attorney, child advocate, and former law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. His expertise in children’s rights has led him all over the world documenting human rights violations involving women and children, as well as working with inner-city kids in the San Francisco Bay area for over 35 years. Through his travels he has discovered many grassroots organizations that seek to help the poorest of the poor, and he works tirelessly to provide ongoing support to these groups, as well as new organizations his foundation continues to find around the world. Tom makes presentations to community groups, colleges, foundations, and corporations that wish to get involved in his work. His most recent publication is called Doing Good (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), and he has recently written a screenplay called “Alicia’s Journey.”


Renée C. Byer is an American documentary photojournalist best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard. Her ability to produce photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned her the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 and made her a Pulitzer finalist in 2013. She has covered local, national, and international stories for The Sacramento Bee since 2003. Her work has been published in books, magazines, newspapers, and on websites worldwide and was the basis for a 2009 TEDx Tokyo talk that received a standing ovation. When not on assignment, she can be found sharing her passion for photography at lectures and workshops worldwide.