Improving Processes, Changing Lives
Furniture made in the Dominican Republic, particularly pieces made out of mahogany, is in high demand in specialized markets. However, despite the renowned quality of this product, problems in the production process have traditionally led to less competitive prices in international markets with respect to other Latin American and Caribbean countries.
The creation of small and medium enterprise (SME) clusters in the furniture and textile sectors in Santiago de Caballeros has helped to reduce costs and improve work processes, enhancing the overall competitiveness of these traditional sectors.
Facts and Stats
The project has created 2 clusters in the furniture and textile sectors in Santiago, Dominican Republic
The wood cluster in Santiago went from 20 to 60 SME members
Joint sales in the furniture and textile sectors have increased by 100% in comparison to figures prior to launching the project
Productivity of the businesses in the furniture cluster has increased by 20% in 51% of the manufacturing plants, and delivery times have significantly improved