Nearly 40% of Grenadians live mired in poverty.
Hurricane Ivan struck Grenada in September of 2004, causing massive amounts of damage. Recovering from Ivan, and the enormous debt from rebuilding, are not the only issues Grenada is facing. According to the World Bank, 32 percent of Grenadians live in conditions of poverty. Recent government research suggests that most of these households are in rural areas, often in the most inaccessible and sometimes drought-ridden parts of the island.
Unemployment, or underemployment, is the main problem in rural areas. Some of the worst poverty is to be found on former estates, where barracks-like accommodations are still used by rural laborers. In such communities, housing conditions can be extremely rudimentary, with no access to sanitation or other basic services.