November Focus: Dominican Republic
Women of Vision is excited to announce that each month we’ll focus on a specific Strong Women, Strong World country. We’ll share stories and World Vision projects from that country throughout the month. This November, our focus is on the Dominican Republic.
Many Dominicans struggle with poverty, poor living conditions, and extremely unequal income distribution. About 13% of Dominicans are unemployed and more than 40% live below the poverty line. Santo Domingo, the capital and the seventh largest city in North America, is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.
World Vision has been working in the Dominican Republic since 1989, providing disaster relief supplies, offering agriculture training to farmers and providing micro loans. World Vision’s donors from the United States sponsor more than 26,000 children. World Vision and the Investment Fund for Enterprise (FIME) are working jointly toward their goal to help 4,917 microentrepreneurs in eight community development areas access credit for the first time. Over 60% of clients are female.
Stories in this series: