October 16, 2017

Commitment to Safe Practices Reaps Rewards for Dominican Exporters
In October 2016, fruit and vegetable exporter Exportadora Cruz Bautista found itself in a troublesome situation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected salmonella in a shipment of hot peppers on their way the United States from the Dominican Republic. The presence of the bacteria landed the exporter on the “automatic detention” list, which means that every single one…

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September 1, 2017

Helping a $70 million export industry battle a microscopic pest
Guido Morel on his farm in La Vega, the heart of oriental vegetable production in the Dominican Republic.Photo: Arquimedes Forchue Almonte

Guido Morel’s Chinese eggplant and Indian Bitter melon grow amid rows of vibrant yellow marigolds and sunflowers on his farm in the heart of oriental vegetable…

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March 3, 2017

by Riamny Méndez

Narcisa Bautista recalls that in 1981, when she began working as a secretary at a produce export business in La Vega, Dominican Republic, there were no women in charge of such export companies.

Eighteen years later, when Narcisa became owner of the same company at which she began as a secretary, there were still no women in charge of similar companies. Narcisa grew her career and developed leadership skills in a…

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March 1, 2017

By Julissa Almanzar 

The smell of chocolate in the air is heady, even a bit distracting, as I sit down to talk with about 10 women who run Chocolala and Chocal, two factories in the northern Altamira region of Dominican Republic. They came together to tell the history of their businesses and how hard they have worked to build them, persevering despite significant personal and societal obstacles, and how their economic empowerment is in turn…

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March 4, 2016

By Lily Alcock 

Margarita de los Santos

It’s obvious within the first few minutes of talking with Margarita de los Santos that she is a powerhouse. Quick to crack a joke but just as eager to get down to business, Margarita is the sort of magnetic person who has a natural ability to inspire you to match her tempo. Daughter and mother, aunt and friend, she is part of…

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