Touring to the Dominican Republic – Evan Lory
June 21, 2023
I traveled to the Dominican Republic in March as a consultant of Wisconsin Microfinance. It was my first journey to a growing nation. Upon arrival, I rapidly realized how a lot I take as a right, the place requirements like clear water, electrical energy, schooling, and healthcare appear so commonplace. On the identical time, I spotted how a lot the identical all of us are. Youngsters play lots of the identical video games in La Piedra as they do in Waunakee and meals are alternatives to share meals and tales (and to chuckle!).
The language barrier was one of many largest challenges I confronted throughout the journey. Whereas lots of the folks we met spoke solely Spanish, we did have a translator to assist us. However, I used to be amazed at how a lot we might nonetheless join via non-verbal communication and gestures.
I introduced new funding for loans for business-women in La Piedra, a neighborhood about 30 miles north of the capitol. Due to so many unbelievable donors, I used to be capable of ship sufficient funding for 15 new loans. With out the funding being offered by Wisconsin Microfinance, the folks there wouldn’t be capable of pursue their desires. It was really a humbling expertise to see how such a small mortgage by US requirements might make a distinction within the lives of so many households.
Total, my expertise within the Dominican Republic was each eye-opening and provoking. It jogged my memory of the facility of neighborhood, resilience, and human connection. I returned residence with a newfound appreciation for the issues I had taken as a right and a need to proceed making a distinction within the lives of others. I absolutely anticipated to be taught all in regards to the devastating results poverty. However what I wasn’t anticipating to be taught was their resolve to be, for essentially the most half, glad; they had been grounded in a easy lifestyle, void of all of the hustle the place the phrase “recession” and all of the negatives worries and fears related to it, are usually not even of their vocabulary.