In 2009, Fundación Tropicalia began implementing Productivity programs with the objective of diversifying local economic activity, promoting the sustainable development of the region and creating conditions that contribute to breaking the poverty cycle.
Initial programs included a strategic alliance with the Open University for Adults (UAPA) and FONDESA to offer training in business administration and access to finance to Miches' micro and small entrepreneurs, respectively. In 2012, a collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the REDDOM Foundation was established to promote agricultural diversification, food security and a local supply chain in the municipality of Miches.
2012 was a pivotal year when the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB / MIF) approved financing for the project "Inclusion of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in the Sustainable Tourism Supply Chain of Miches." This initiative supports local economic development by providing training and technical assistance in two specific sectors: agriculture and microenterprise.
About Fundación Tropicalia
Fundacion Tropicalia designs and implements programs for the local community in four key areas: education, environment, productivity and sociocultural advocacy. Established in 2008 by Tropicalia, a sustainable tourism and real estate development of Cisneros Real Estate, the foundation drives sustainable, socioeconomic development in the town of Miches by working in partnership with the community and multiple sectors of society. The diversity of the foundation’s partnerships allow for innovative, high-impact programs and the efficient use of resources.
Through our initiatives we vie for gender equality, environmental conservation, complementary education and also support the small business sector, among other areas of development.
Our value proposition
Miches, a historically isolated municipality, is located in one of the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic. Fundación Tropicalia identified an opportunity to support Miches’ development by strengthening the tourism value chain such that locals would not only become employees of this growing sector, but they could also become suppliers of goods and services for future hotel developers, including Tropicalia.
This initiative enables the local community to obtain additional and complementary benefits derived from tourism development in the region. The transformative potential of an inclusive tourism supply chain can also position Miches as a model for tourism development in the Dominican Republic and across the Caribbean.