IN 2010, four American friends from university headed to rural Guatemala to try and gain an understanding of what it’s like to live as 1.1 billion people around the world do — on one dollar a day. During their journey they befriended Rosa — a 20-year-old woman with dreams of becoming a nurse, but who had to leave school in grade 6 to work in the fields — and Chino — a 12-year-old boy who moved to one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Guatemala City to work 100 hours a week selling dog food to help send his siblings to school and feed his family.

They brought a camera with them and documented their experiences, their challenges, and are releasing a feature-length film to the world on October 17, 2013. It has already won Best Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival and has received praise from Nobel Laureate, Muhammaad Yunus, and the director of the Hunger Games, Gary Ross.

It’s not due to laziness that someone is poor. It’s not due to a lack of ambition or lack of intelligence. It’s because they lack things that we take advantage of everyday. ~ from Living on One Dollar

Living On One Dollar is available for pre-order for US $9.99, of which $1 of every sale goes into a fund to help Rosa and Chino (mentioned above) fulfill their dreams by getting them the education they need.

Follow them on Facebook and watch episodes from their time in Guatemala in their YouTube channel, including topics like “what can you cook with only $1?” and potable water issues, as well as plenty of behind-the-scenes footage.