102nd Country on the Human Development Index
Baseball is very important, with 800,000 children playing organized
Many Haitians work in the sugar cane planations, with very difficult living conditions and a questionable legal status (210,000 stateless people). Here on the bateys, poverty is extremely prevalent
One third of the population lives below the poverty line, with 20% of the population in extreme poverty
51.5% of the countries land is used for agriculture
Major industries are tourism, sugar processing, and agriculture
It`s known as the bread basket of the Caribbean because it grows, farms, and catches almost everything that`s served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
INVEST IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
What's the Situation?
With more than a third of Dominicans living on less than $1.25 per day, and over 20% in extreme poverty, poverty and malnutrition are large problems. In rural areas, the poverty rate is three times as high as in urban areas. Half the country does not have access to clean water or sanitary toilets. With the government focusing on supporting the tourism industry over agriculture, the cycle of poverty continues. Rural communities depend on agriculture to survive, and although there is technologies available to increase productivity in the area, fiscal constraints make it an impossibility. Climate change and natural disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, mudslides, and earthquakes also complicate the situation for the island country.
How is Homegrown helping?
Through the land bank model, we aim to bring in new technologies to the subsistence farmers within the country. It is our goal to redistribute the income in order to yield a crop of farmers above the poverty line.
What Can You Do?
Investing in the Dominican will help water the vine that will ensure the income is redistributed amongst the farmers. This will aid the rural communities in their struggle to grow above the poverty line.