• Distributors

Investment Lens

  • Poverty Level

Distributor Individuals: Very Poor (PI9113)

Number of very poor individuals who served as distributors to sell the organization's products/services during the reporting period.
Reporting format
Unit Referenced within Metric Definition
Metric type
Metric level
Product/Service, Organization
IRIS metric citation
IRIS, 2016. Distributor Individuals: Very Poor (PI9113). v4.0.


Organizations should footnote all assumptions used as well as details on the assessment tools used to identify the poverty level of distributors. See usage guidance for further information.

Usage Guidance

  • This metric is intended to capture self-employed very poor individuals who sell the organization's products or services - either to other distributors (wholesale) or to the ultimate consumer (retail). This metric is intended to be used by organizations who seek to support individuals living in poverty through their distribution chains.
  • Distributors do not need to exclusively sell the organization's products or services. Direct employees that distribute the organization's goods or services should be considered as employees and not as distributors.
  • Due to the complexities of assessing the poverty level of beneficiaries, organizations will likely have to use specific assessment tools to report on this accurately. See the glossary definition for additional information on commonly used tools to help determine the absolute poverty level of individuals and households.