Floresta (Dominican Republic)

In the Dominican Republic, Plant With Purpose’s local partner Floresta is transforming the lives of rural farming families through environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal. Farming families are revitalizing farms, establishing savings-led microfinance groups, developing tree nurseries, participating in reforestation efforts, and maximizing local markets. Through Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups, Plant With Purpose is seeing 3,900 farmers borrow loans to improve their farms, invest in their land, or start sustainable enterprises. Member equity totals more than $610,000. More than 3,900 farming families in 78 communities are providing for their families. These community members have planted more than 5.8 million trees to date. Partnering families are implementing agroforestry techniques, utilizing sustainable farming methods, and planting trees to restore the land and produce bountiful harvests. Families also participate in leadership training many taking place at the 75 partnering churches. Community members are growing in their faith and churches are meeting community needs.

Related Resources

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>Elias Pina
  • Dominican Republic>Independencia
  • Dominican Republic>Monsenor Nouel

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Environment
Project Website

Other projects