Current levels of poverty are not understandable in an age like ours, with such an abundance of goods and services. It is an unacceptable fact that can co-exist welfare levels so far from one country to another, or from one human to another. Given this inconsistency, Microsol considers that its role is precisely to not accept this situation and to enroll in a dynamic fight against poverty.

There are many definitions of poverty. In Quechua, the native language of more than six million Andean people, being poor is to be huaccha, which literally means an orphan. Whatever the language, poverty, most of the times, is the lack or absence of something, whether wealth, needs or opportunities. This generic apprehension is consistent with precise definitions that World Bank and UNDP offer us.

According to the World Bank, poverty is hunger; it is the lack of protection; it is being sick and not being able to go to the doctor; it is to be unable to attend school, or to read, or to speak properly. It is not having a job, or being afraid of the future; it is to live day-by-day. Poverty is to lose a child due to diseases caused by contaminated water, it is impotence, it is the lack of representation and freedom.

UNDP relates itself to human poverty: less opportunity of having a long and healthy life, of accessing knowledge, of achieving a decent standard of living and access to participation. This definition of poverty is closely linked to the concept of human development, which is understood as a process of enlarging people's choices, through the increased number of functions and capabilities.