Dominican Republic

Fighting inequality through restoration

and reforestation in the DR

The poorest ten percent of families in the Dominican Republic make up less than two percent of the country’s income. The bottom ten percent have not shared the same levels of wealth which has flowed into the country in recent years. That wealth has been disproportionately divided up, with the majority going to the wealthy upper class and medium sized middle class. Whilst the working class experience a small fraction of this wealth, and those living in developing rural areas see almost nothing. 

Due to there being little social mobility, it is hard for those living in poverty to break out, and this is only compounded, when considering that children in the bottom ten percent often miss out on a basic education, due to them being required for work, in order for their family to survive. 

The repercussions of such inequality, leads these rural communities turning to increasing unsustainable practices, such as logging, which intensifies the problem further. Without an understanding of how these practices are exhausting the soil and bringing down crop production, these communities will be left in a cycle which further depletes their chances of creating their own income.