Peace Corps Dominican Republic’s Community Economic Development project is uniquely positioned to improve the economic security and upward economic mobility of some of the country’s most economically marginalized households, with a specific focus on contributing to the economic prosperity of women and youth. CED Volunteers serve as facilitators, trainers, and mentors to develop the capacity of individuals to secure employment; create their own self-employment opportunities; and successfully manage job income and enterprise profits for the benefit of their households. Furthermore, the project aims to facilitate linkages between national economic development initiatives and the daily reality of individuals in the communities where Volunteers live and serve, thereby improving economic opportunities at both the person-to-person and community levels.
The CED project seeks to empower existing and aspiring community based business groups and entrepreneurs with the tools to determine and manage their economic destiny at the grassroots level in rural and semi-urban communities. Broadly speaking, CED Volunteers work with individuals to improve their business skills.
The CED project targets four areas of Community Economic Development:
• Increase youth’s capacity to pursue and achieve economically productive livelihoods.
• Increase individuals’—especially women’s—capacity to implement small-scale economic activities and manage profits.
• Strengthen the organizational capacity of community-formed groups (associations, cooperatives, women’s groups, etc.).
• Increase individuals’ capacity for personal money management.
The goal of the program is to help Dominican households achieve economic security and upward economic mobility. Volunteers are generally placed in communities with an entrepreneurship youth group (this can be either in or out of the schools) and a community based business group. Volunteers’ assignments are to:
• Work with youth to develop their entrepreneurship behaviors, and employability skills,
• Work with community members to improve their income generation capacity,
• Work with interested small business owners as a business consultant one on one basis,
• Help local business group members to increase organizational capacity,
• Help individuals to improve their money management capacity.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check