The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the world's five poorest countries. In 2018, approximately 73 percent of Congolese, or approximately 60 million people, lived on less than $1.90 per day. DRC is home to one in every six people living in extreme poverty in SSA per The World Bank.
Poverty Facts about DR Congo
- Opportunity International states, "The DR Congo is one of the most difficult places on the planet to raise a family due to a lack of formal economic opportunities, a legacy of entrenched political conflicts and instability, as well as high rates of malnutrition, illness, and poor education."
- Wealth is unequally distributed, with urban areas faring far better than rural areas, and wealth is a determinant of access to sanitation and medical services. The poor in rural areas are the hardest hit.
The SOL Foundation ™ goals for DR Congo
- Everyone has access to nutritional meals and fresh water
- Every individual is able to receive nature based education and training
- Able to co-habitat with nature and wildlife
- Marginalized women have empowerment over their own lives and decisions
- Individuals with disabilities and orphans are able to be part of the community and help enhance the country as a role model citizens.