We employ 59 Dominicans, virtually all from the villages immediately surrounding the resort. We take pride in the fact that we are a leader in providing education and training opportunities, competitive wages and a friendly environment for our staff. We source as much as possible from the local community. Our food is purchased from local farmers, we employ artisans for specific projects and offer a space for them to display and sell their artwork. We offer ongoing economic opportunities for farmers, construction workers, artisans, taxi drivers and tour guides.
Since the beginning our focus has been the alleviation of poverty through full-time, positive employment subsequent to an economic collapse in the villages surrounding the resort. We have trained and empowered unemployed banana farmers and local villagers to form a team of dedicated international standard hotel and restaurant staff members, many of them rising from entry level positions to head their departments in less than 1 year.
We also offer an entrepreneurship loan program which lends up to $15,000 per person for small businesses such as greenhouses, coffee bean processing and women’s sewing groups.
Positive contributions are made to the conservation and biodiversity of the area through the development of a comprehensive nature interpretation center onsite to inform guests about the flora and fauna of the local area. This focuses on local tour guides with specific knowledge about the plants and animals of Dominica, our support of ROSTI in their goal to create a safe environment for the endangered sea turtles of the Caribbean and the development of a Healing Plants of Dominica brochure to accompany our weekly presentations on the useful herbs, spices and fruits of Dominica.
Our resort currently reduces our footprint through the use of energy efficient light bulbs, fans instead of air conditioning and solar tube water heaters in testing phase through 15% of cottages with plans to integrate system to all cottages after testing phase. We use plot-less, tank-less heaters for hot water on demand system the rest of the cottages (no hot water to rest of resort). We have minimal pathway and resort lighting which is turned off when not in use.
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