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Sierra Leone is a small country in West Africa, roughly the size of South Carolina. The country’s GDP per capita is estimated at $800, with only 5 countries in the world ranking lower (This is about 1/60th of the United States’ GDP per capita). Four out of every five people in Sierra Leone lives in poverty, and over half of the population is deprived of drinking water. The average life expectancy in the country is 47 years.

Currently over half of the population participates in subsistence agriculture; resources for farming, fishing, and mineral harvesting are plentiful despite the country’s economic poverty. Sierra Leone’s official language is English, however several other local languages are spoken in different regions of the country.

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