First SRC in Nuevo Juan de Grijalva, Chiapas, Mexico
Additionally, Marshall was selected to participate in a CIIFAD SMART trip in the Dominican Republic. He and a group of four other SMART fellows conducted a feasibility study of farmers cooperatives in the San Juan region of the Dominican Republic. Their aim was to help farmers reduce costs or increase productivity. The group encouraged the famers to create a cooperative which would help reduce interest rates, access funds from real banks, and begin to offer loans against group assets such as building, tractors, etc and buy items in larger amounts at a cheaper cost. The SMART fellows also advised on constructing a storage facilities to hold goods for several months when prices are higher.