After four decades of little or not growth, the Jamaican economy is expected to grow at 1-2% over the medium term. The country is confronted by serious social issues that predominantly affect youth, such as high levels of crime and violence and high unemployment.
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Gang members doing good Moreno says that Central America’s business community has shown a tremendous interest in addressing this problem from multiple view-points. For example, Rio Grande Foods, a food... Show More + distribution company within El Salvador, works with faith-based institutions, local community groups and the government to reintegrate young people into communities and into the labor force. Rio Grande’s three-year-old program has resulted in 250 hires, with another 100 currently taking part in rehabilitation workshops. CEO Josue Alvarado says that most gang members “want out” and a better future for themselves and their children, but need to figure out how to make ends meet. His company works with Catholic churches in the area as the first point of contact for those interested in receiving help. Rio Grande’s program provides 4-6 months of basic food products for the family, psychological assistance and job referrals. According to Alvarado, at least half of those in the program are now e Show Less -