We support the livelihood of local residents by encouraging artisan projects, and activities that increase tourism-related income. Our focus has been on supporting Alternare’s ongoing capacity-building workshops. During 2011-2016 period, MBF provided funding to Alternare to facilitate 946 workshops in different topics, training 11,806 people from the ejidos and indigenous communities in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
During the first quarter of this 2022, Alternare held 20 workshops in four Indigenous communities teaching participants how to manage waste properly and make organic fertilizer. Additionally, workshops on community savings and loans, bread-making, and food and preserve preservation, were held, targeting women so they have financial resources available. One cistern was built in Crescencio Morales Indigenous community along with a water distribution line benefiting 231 families. Alternare continues to astonish us with their great work!