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 creating 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 noticed how a lot the identical all of us are. Youngsters play most of the identical 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 greatest challenges I confronted in the course of the journey. Whereas most 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 may nonetheless join by way of 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 offered by Wisconsin Microfinance, the individuals there wouldn’t have the ability to pursue their goals. It was really a humbling expertise to see how such a small mortgage by US requirements may make a distinction within the lives of so many households.
General, 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 as a right and a want 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 probably the most half, completely satisfied; they have 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, should not even of their vocabulary.