A mother and child pass through Batey Bembe in the sugar-producing region near the town of Conseulo. Bateys are small, isolated communities made up of sugar cane workers and their families, often consisting of three or four generations. Sarah Tilotta for NPR hide caption

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Aracelis Upia Montero works at the Alta Gracia garment factory in the Dominican Republic. She says she was desperately poor before she began working at the factory, which pays much higher than usual wages. "I'm now eligible for loans and credits from the bank because I earn a good salary," she says. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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