The gorgeous header picture on our web page is a goat farm in the Dominican Republic; however, underneath that beautiful blue sky and green canopy is a country riddled by poverty.
According to RualPovertyPortal.org, low agricultural productivity is a crucial factor in rural D.R.poverty. Although technology is available and is known to some farmers, lack of access to financial resources and outreach systems prevent farmers from adopting the technologies they need to improve their production and their incomes.
This is why Reverse The Curse is working tirelessly to provide locals with goat breeding facilities, vegetable gardens, chicken farms and most importantly, the technical training to start and run their own businesses.
Meanwhile, poverty certainly plays a factor as to why the D.R. has become a baseball factory for Major League baseball talent; with few opportunities in this impoverished land, the game serves as a glimmer of hope for some to sign lucrative major-league contracts, often reaching into the millions of dollars.
There are currently more than 130 Dominican-born players in professional baseball in North America–a list that continues to grow. The capital city of Santo Domingo alone represents nearly 20 current players on major league rosters–the Cubs’ Arismendy Alcantara being one of them (the Cubs have had as many as eight players from the D. R. on the roster in 2014).
It’s not just that Dominican kids enjoy playing baseball, they need to play baseball, and that’s why the Cubs, among other Major League organizations, have built the largest baseball academy to develop players in the Dominican–just outside Santo Domingo, no less.
But the real truth of the matter is despite the growth of major league talent, ballplayers are but a tiny sliver of the 4 million Dominicans mired in poverty. That’s not to say farming ballplayers is insignificant, but what’s to be done about Dominicans who can’t turn-two?