Dominican Republic Entrepreneur

Investing in communities to develop locally owned, sustainable, tourism-based businesses.

Empowering Individuals

27 Waterfalls

Connecting People

The businesses supported through our micro-enterprise development create a network of authentic, adventurous, and responsible travel destinations.

Dominican Republic Eco Travel

Transforming Travel

Onwards serves also as a 501(c)3 non profit travel agency, providing one of a kind travel opportunities.

Dominican Republic Eco Lodge


Harnessing the power of micro-enterprise development and sustainable travel to fight poverty.

Our Story

We Believe

Onwards is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is addressing poverty and transforming travel. We believe in connecting people through unique travel experiences that empower the communities in which we work.

Empowering Tourism Based Entrepreneurs
We provide micro-enterprise development services to aid local entrepreneurs starting or expanding a tourism-based business in developing countries.

Providing Impact Travel Experiences
We create travel experiences to then support these entrepreneurs. Our trips provide adventurous and impactful travel opportunities while supporting economic development and alleviating poverty.

Our Why

Onwards was born out of a desire to find better solutions to international aid.

Volun-tourism, handouts, and unsustainable programs have, more often than not, fallen short of true impact.

The Problem

Tourism is considered the largest transfer of resources from rich to poor, dwarfing international aid.

However, tourism in many countries (such as the Dominican Republic) has not contributed to community economic development. Rather, it has concentrated wealth and accentuated poverty.

Our Solution

We at Onwards, are working to use the largest industry in the world, tourism, as a powerful tool to address global poverty.

As a 501(c)3 non profit, we are providing training, micro-loans, and ultimately revenue for responsible, sustainable, local, tourism-based businesses.

As Seen In:

Help a Community by Investing in a Community
Finding Haiti
Your Next Adventure Can Help Impoverished Communities
Marie Claire Magazine, July 2016 "Great Escapes"

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