Floresta Dominican Republic

In the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has one of the fastest growing economies. This growth, however, has not been experienced by many of its rural communities. In fact, over half of rural communities in the country live below the poverty line. As the Dominican Republic continues to grow in wealth, a growing gap between the rich and the poor leaves the poorest 10% of families with less than 2% of the country's income. In rural communities, poverty is linked directly to environmental degradation. Deforestation and unsustainable practices exhaust the soil and bring down crop production. The farmers we have instrumental in planting millions of trees, and significantly slowing deforestation nationally. Plant With Purpose's local partner, Floresta Dominican Republic, works closely with the Dominican government in large scale reforestation efforts. Savings groups are increasing the economic well-being of families. Through church mobilization initiatives, local congregations are working with community members to meet needs through locally-led efforts.

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Activities

Activities include training for rural farmers in sustainable techniques such as organic fertilizers, agroforestry, reforestation efforts, soil conservation, family gardens, and rainwater harvesting. Support is also provided for savings-led microfinance groups, and building of church leadership.

Cross-cutting issues

community development, environment

Locations

  • Dominican Republic>Monte Plata
  • Dominican Republic>San Juan
  • Dominican Republic>Elias Pina

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Environment
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