SHOPS Plus is working with local organizations in the Dominican Republic that were identified as capable of transitioning to a social enterprise model–an organization that can make profit for a purpose.
The project did an initial assessment that evaluated the service delivery, financial, and management capacity of a group of organizations to determine which ones were best positioned to generate revenue and open to transitioning to a social enterprise.
In the Dominican Republic, donor funding has been on the decline, creating uncertainty about sustaining advances in addressing HIV. While the prevalence rate of HIV has declined in the general population to .8 percent per the 2013 Demographic and Health survey, HIV rates among key populations continue to increase. To address this issue, SHOPS Plus used the results from the assessment and selected three organizations that provide HIV services: La Clinica de Familia, COIN, and CEPROSH.
The project will support the organizations by providing on-site technical assistance to management and clinic leadership to implement strategies that reduce cost, and look at new revenue generation opportunities. The project will also explore access to social health insurance to ensure organizations can be reimbursed for HIV and other primary care services, and to generate additional revenue for clinic operations.