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 2022, Alternare focused on supporting local communities to strengthen their abilities to achieve food security and improve their housing conditions. A total of 77 workshops were held in 16 communities with the participation of 617 people! Among the topics covered were the production of organic fertilizer, vegetables and bread; product labeling, packing, sale and management; waste management; building water distribution systems and water-saving cisterns. Seven of these systems were installed, improving the water supply for 391 campesinos. Ongoing diagnostic and participatory planning continued, as well as the instructor training program that has trained 18 generations of leaders to this day! All these activities will enable Alternare’s program to be replicated and go on. MBF is proud to support the development of leaders and people that care for the monarchs and are aware of the importance of conserving nature for all of us!