Slovakia

Teeem work in Spišský Hrhov and Čirč

Just to the west of Ukraine in eastern Slovakia and like many communities in Eastern Europe, there are many impoverished Roma settlements. Despite being European citizens, many Romani are victims of deplorable discrimination, which leads to a vicious circle of entrapping poverty, further discrimination, substance abuse, and crime.

To help break this malignant circle, TEEEM is providing microloans to Roma settlements in the towns of Spišský Hrhov, Čirč and nearby communities so that Roma people can live in homes with toilets, plumbing and shower capabilities. In addtion, TEEEM is providing microloans so that students can access capital to further their education or so that individuals can start sustainable businesses, which relieves them of indefinitely relying on governmental aid. Most importantly, a vicious circle is replaced by a positive one in which funding, trust, and opportunity increasingly enables the Roma population to become integrated and productive members of an industrial European society.

Life and Death At a Glance in Slovakia

A baby in a Roma settlement has about 14% higher mortality rate than the rest of Slovakia.

Forty-five per cent of Roma live in households lacking at least one basic housing amenity and 90% lived in households with an income below national poverty lines.

Roma experience substantially lower (up to 20 years) life expectancy compared
to non-Roma.

Country

POPULATION

PER CAPITA INCOME

LIFE EXPECTANCY
(In Years)

INFANT MORTALITY RATE
(Live Births)

TOP 5 CAUSES OF DEATH

Slovakia (Roma)

105,738

$31,360

71 / 66

60 / 1000

Heart Disease
Stroke
Cancer
Diabetes
Arthritis

USA

324,460,000

$56,053

81 / 76

6 / 1000

Heart Disease
Cancer
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
Accidents
Stroke

Family home in Spišský Hrhov

TEEEM Services Provided

Initial loan will be circulated for many years and over time helps hundreds if not thousands-the power of microlending

Providing microloans to Install toilets, plumbing and shower capabilities in
homes

Providing loans for sustainable start-ups and educational opportunities for higher learning