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Active grantees: 8
IAF commitment: $3,270,371
Counterpart value: $3,905,581
Total investment: $7,175,952
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, corporate social investment, education/training, enterprise development, the environment, inclusion of women, sexual minorities, and young people.

Contact information 

Carolina Cardona, Foundation Representative
Julia Toscano, Program Assistant
Luis Miguel Mena Esteban, Local Liason

Active Grantees


Instituto para la Autogestión y el Desarrollo de Base (INADEB) will work with the 150 coffee farmers who belong to Cooperativa Agropecuaria y Servicios Multiples de los Agricultores del Alto del Cedro (COOPACEDRO) in Palo Alto, Santiago, to control coffee rust; apply agro-ecological practices, including a compost center; and expand their sources of income by diversifying their plots.  

Núcleo de Apoyo a la Mujer (NAM) will improve quality of services offered to victims of family, gender and sexual violence, and strengthen institutional networks dedicated to preventing these problems in Santiago and Puerto Plata. It will also train doctors, nurses, primary health care units on issues related to gender-based violence and will prepare a manual to facilitate implementation of protocols and norms. The project is expected to benefit approximately 650 victims, members of grassroots and nongovernmental organizations, and local public-sector employees. 

Junta de Asociaciones Campesinas Rafael Fernández Domínguez, Inc. (JACARAFE),
JACARAFE will work with five member associations from the communities of Velot, Haiti, and Jengibre, Rincón and Horqueta, in the Dominican Republic, toward ensuring a reliable food supply, improving forest cover and reducing erosion through the development of agroforestry on the northern border. The project will directly involve 100 families, 50 from Haiti and 50 from the Dominican Republic, and will impact another 277 families indirectly. 

GUAKIA AMBIENTE (GUAKIA AMBIENTE) will work with the residents of Mata de Café, Arroyo Frío, El Higuito, and Chinguelo, in the central part of the country, to construct, maintain and use communityrun micro hydroelectric systems that generate energy from the natural flow of water. The clean and reliable source of electricity will benefit 400 residents and their community organizations directly and another 2,400 Dominicans indirectly. 

Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples San Rafael (Cooperativa San Rafael), located in Peralta, Azua, plans to work with member farmers to improve the quality of their processed coffee so that they can access niche markets. It will install a centralized dry mill; train farmers to apply organic practices and sort and classify beans; provide materials and financing to improve plantations; promote crop diversification; open a store selling basic goods; and start a seed bank. Approximately 250 farmers will directly benefit and another 1,250 residents of Peralta will benefit indirectly. 

Cooperativa de Ahorro, Crédito y Servicios Múltiples Amor y Paz (COOPSERMORPAZ), will help its plantain farmers improve yields by planting the hybrid FIAH 20 variety resistant to the sigatoka negra blight prevalent in the area and will offer them training in better agricultural practices, access to a working capital fund and the opportunity to obtain better prices by pooling their harvests to market in volume. The activities, which complement the distribution of the hybrid seeds by the Dominican Ministry of Agriculture, will directly benefit 75 members of the cooperative and their families and will reach another 1,500 residents of Los Toros, Azua.

Red Nacional de Jóvenes Viviendo Con VIH/SIDA (REDNAJCER), will incorporate more young Dominicans with HIV/AIDS into its network; expand into new regions; evaluate services available to those diagnosed; analyze, organize and report the data collected on medical care, including compliance with recommended protocols; and advocate for improvements and more accountability in the system. The project will directly involve 330 Dominicans; better services should reach 32,000 others diagnosed with HIV or AIDS

Visión Social (Visión Social), will develop the managerial skills of eight grassroots organizations in the southern province of Azua and work with three of them to market locally-grown and -processed food products and improve their knowledge of nutrition and related subjects. Some 650 families in the communities of Los Tramojos, la Bombita y Las Lomas will benefit directly and an additional 3,250 residents of Azua will benefit indirectly.