Poverty December 5, 2015 | 12:07 pm

Dominican launches crowdfunding site to reduce poverty in Lain America

Santo Domingo.– New crowdfunding site Jompeame (Jumpstartme in Spanish) is aimed at helping the impoverished in the Dominican Republic and Latin America, its co-founder and CEO Katherine Motyka said.

According to Motyka, their mission initially was to change the lives of at least five people in this condition every week, in every country the small non-profict organization is expanding.

Even though the site is still raising money to launch formally, it has already raised US$25,000, which is enough to support 59 people in the Dominican Republic.

"Only 40 percent of the population in DR has Internet access; only 10 percent of them have a credit card. We have raised US$4,003 in a month, which represents 20 people whose lives have changed," Motyka said as quoted by techcrunch.com.

The report says Jompeame, which is starting small, has spent nearly US$120 a month so far on servers and Facebook ads but they want to expand and grow to help more people.

"Our focus are small contributions but a big impact. We are talking about giving education, food, provisional shelter, water, medicines, shoes and even school supplies," Motyka told techcrunch.com.

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