Guyana is a small country with remote populations. Urban slums and rural farming communities suffer from inadequate healthcare and poor educational facilities.
The World Bank has rated Guyana as one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. About one-third of the Guyanese population lives below the poverty line; indigenous people are disproportionately affected.
Guyana’s economy is closely tied to its sugar industry, which supports about 80 percent of the population. Most of the sugar jobs are low-paying field work. With a minimum wage of 50 cents a day, many people find it difficult to pay for transportation to and from work.