The Caribbean island of Dominica is in recovery mode. Hurricane Maria made landfall as a powerful Category 5 with sustained winds of 155 mph on Sept. 18, 2017. The massive hurricane caused catastrophic damage island-wide, two years after Dominica suffered a devastating blow from Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015.

Nearly 30 percent of all Dominicans live in poverty. Unemployment is high, and the country’s economy is extremely reliant upon tourism.