Dirt-Poor Meaning

(idiomatic) In a condition of extreme poverty.

Example: 1975 Aug. 18, "Religion: Blood and Land," Time:
  In recent months, the dirt-poor peasants of Honduras have invaded farms and blockaded bridges to force the government to fulfill its promises.
2007 Aug. 4, "A critical election for ‘the best dressed man in Turkey’," The Week, 625, 16:
  A few years ago it was a dirt-poor outpost populated by rural migrants.