active projects
November 2021


IAF investment


people benefiting

Contacts for the Dominican Republic

Foundation Representative

Adria Armbrister

Program Assistant

Shervin Chambers

Local Liaison

Luis Miguel Mena Esteban

Country Strategy

Our grantee partners in the Dominican Republic work in 24 of the country’s 32 provinces to improve food security, increase incomes, and promote human rights. Our investments build community resilience and advance U.S. priorities in the Dominican Republic, such as the Caribbean 2020 framework and the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership.

Our grantees’ projects focus on underserved populations, including women, youth, Haitian immigrants, and people living with HIV. Projects include communities on both sides of the Dominican/Haitian border, where poverty is most common. Together, grantees in both countries strengthen communication and bonds of friendship and exchange best practices for reducing poverty.

We awarded our first grant in the Dominican Republic in 1972. Since then, we have provided $31.2 million through 249 grants to local organizations.

Projects in the Dominican Republic

ordered by most recently awarded



Federación de Caficultores y Agricultores para el Desarrollo de San Juan, Inc. (FECADESJ) is helping farmers to improve their coffee plots with disease-resistant plants, implement ecological techniques, diversify crops, and obtain organic certification.

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Asociación para el Desarrollo Forestal Sostenible de Restauración, Inc. (ASODEFOREST), provides training in agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, and environmental protection for five community-based organizations, increasing food security and producers' incomes.

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La Asociación de Cacaocultores Los Innovadores de Vuelta Larga (ASOCAIVUL), is training cacao farmers in agroforestry and organic production, establishing a nursery to grow seedlings for its members, and working with farmers to increase production by adopting more resilient crops. 

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Cooperativa de Productores Orgánicos Valle de Río Limpio (COOPROVALLE) helps its members improve certified organic coffee production by renovating fields with rust resistant plants and by utilizing agroforestry techniques in order to generate income, improve livelihoods and protect the environment.

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2018 – Acción Callejera

Acción Callejera – Fundación Educativa (Acción Callejera) provides supplemental academic classes and skills training for children and adolescents from poor neighborhoods in Santiago, Dominican Republic, including Haitian-born or Haitian Dominican street children and adolescents.

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Cooperativa de Ahorro, Crédito y Servicios Múltiples Amor y Paz (COOPSERMORPAZ) helps its members improve production and marketing of plantains and make their business enterprise more sustainable in order to generate income and improve livelihoods.

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2013-San Rafael

Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples San Rafael, Inc. (Cooperativa San Rafael) provides technical assistance to Peralta farmers to develop skills in organic practices and to improve the quality of their processed coffee so they can access niche markets.

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Guakia Ambiente works with rural communities to construct, maintain and operate community-run micro hydroelectric systems that generate energy using the natural flow of water and supports opportunities for Dominicans in education, healthcare and income generation.

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Staff working with projects in the Dominican Republic