Moldova: 20 Years On| 4mins
Director: James Heer | Producer: James Heer
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: Italy
August 27 is the 20th anniversary of Europe's poorest country, Moldova. It's been 20 years since the fall of the Soviet Union, yet Moldova continues to struggle economically, generating 30 percent of its GDP from money sent back by the 25 percent of the population that has left to work abroad. According to a Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family report published in December 2010, for example, about 15,000 children are now living in the country without parental care. Despite this dire situation, one hope for job creation now comes from the agriculture sector where investments in small and medium size businesses are starting to pay off.