The Dominican Republic is an emerging economy of approximately 10 million people. It was hit hard by the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing the country into its first recession in nearly 25 years. The unemployment rate is high and for people over age 55, it’s almost impossible to find a job at all. The average monthly income for those who do have jobs is $350 US Dollars per month. Roughly 20% live in shacks, without access to running water, proper sanitation or electricity and make less than $2 US dollars a day.