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.
Alternare has promoted sustainable activities among communities providing workshops and supporting the construction of fuel-efficient stoves, rain-capturing cisterns, and organic farming among other things. This year they have held 26 participatory planning workshops with 185 people (98% women) about social vulnerability in the face of climate change and its impact.