El Salvador

Overview

While El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, has the region's third largest economy, poverty rates linger above 30 percent.

The country is seeking to create more jobs and income opportunities for the rural poor by boosting agricultural exports. For more than three decades, TechnoServe has been helping farmers in key sectors connect to high-demand markets, both local and foreign. TechnoServe also runs entrepreneurship programs that empower people to create thriving businesses in a variety of sectors.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Impulsa Tu Empresa

Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help small and growing businesses boost their growth through mentoring and business training. Since its launch in 2012, the program has increased the sales of over 1,000 businesses by $38 million and generated 1,400 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.
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Better Coffee Harvest

Coffee is one of the most important economic activities for rural families in many parts of Central America. The Better Coffee Harvest (COSECHA) project is a four-year initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the J.M. Smucker Company and the PIMCO Foundation to reduce poverty and increase farm sales for coffee farmers in El Salvador and Nicaragua. The project seeks to train 6,000 smallholders to improve productivity, quality, farm management and financial literacy; increase farm revenues by 25 percent; and build the capacity of local organizations such as cooperatives, exporters and trade associations to boost long-term productivity and facilitate financing. Since launching in 2014, the project has trained more than 7,570 farmers – 27 percent of whom are women – and established 128 coffee demonstration plots to be used for training purposes.
 

Empowering Youth Entrepreneurs in Latin America

Latin America's youth unemployment rate is nearly 30 percent. Youth face unique challenges in obtaining formal employment or becoming successful entrepreneurs. Crece Tu Empresa, TechnoServe's program in partnership with Citi Foundation, is working to address the challenge of youth unemployment in Guatemala and El Salvador. The 1-year program is based on the work of Impulsa Tu Empresa and provides six training workshops for young entrepreneurs focused on business skills like sales and marketing and financial planning. The first cohort of nearly 90 entrepreneurs began the program in 2015. As of February 2016, 42 participants have been able to increase their business' sales by 21 percent in Guatemala and 127 percent in El Salvador and have created 21 new jobs.

Partners

Citi Foundation
 

Building Coffee Growers’ Capacity

TechnoServe helped coffee producer groups become more profitable by growing and selling lucrative specialty coffee. Using tools such as traceability software and quality management systems, TechnoServe business advisors trained the producers in industry best practices. One of the core cooperatives has seen its production of specialty coffee grow sixfold over several years, with a proportional increase in jobs and a near doubling of employee wages.
 

Supporting Smallholder Dairy Farmers

TechnoServe, with financing from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, helped a group of dairy farmers and processing plants in northern El Salvador gain access to higher-paying export markets by improving the milking process, modernizing plants and establishing links with buyers. The program created nearly 1,000 new jobs over two years. The program emphasized two areas: improving opportunities for women and promoting environmentally-friendly farming and processing practices. We are also helping dairy farmers improve the productivity of their cows by producing low-cost, high-quality feed.

Blog Posts

July 14, 2017

Business Skills Empower Youth Across the Globe

TechnoServe and the Citi Foundation are partnering to help youth develop skills for achieving business success.

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May 15, 2017

Key Insights to Create Change in Central America’s Coffee Sector

TechnoServe’s Country Director in Nicaragua shares important lessons learned from our work creating inclusive and productive coffee value chains in Central America.

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May 11, 2017

Accelerating Impact for Entrepreneurs

A newly released report by Emory University and TechnoServe shows that carefully designed accelerator programs can facilitate revenue growth.

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Contact

TechnoServe El Salvador

89 Av. Nte y Calle El Mirador
World Trade Center, Torre 1, Piso 2 
Col Escalon
San Salvador, El Salvador

Tel: +503 2254 6660
Fax: +503 2520 3225

Ryan Bathrick

Central America Program Manager
rbathrick@tns.org

 

Roberto Vega Lara

Senior Advisor
rvega@tns.org

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