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 shortly realized how a lot I take without any consideration, the place requirements like clear water, electrical energy, schooling, and healthcare appear so commonplace. On the similar time, I noticed how a lot the identical all of us are. Children play lots of the similar video games in La Piedra as they do in Waunakee and meals are alternatives to share meals and tales (and to snigger!).
The language barrier was one of many largest challenges I confronted throughout the journey. Whereas lots of the individuals 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 by 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 in a position to ship sufficient funding for 15 new loans. With out the funding being supplied by Wisconsin Microfinance, the individuals there wouldn’t have the ability to pursue their desires. It was actually 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 ability of neighborhood, resilience, and human connection. I returned residence with a newfound appreciation for the issues I had taken without any consideration and a need to proceed making a distinction within the lives of others. I totally anticipated to study all in regards to the devastating results poverty. However what I wasn’t anticipating to study was their resolve to be, for probably 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, will not be even of their vocabulary.