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 more than 850 small and growing businesses boost their growth. Through mentoring and business training, the program aims to increase sales by $25 million and generate 750 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.
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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.
 

New Markets for Ethnic Products

TechnoServe helped small businesses export ethnic products to the sizable market of Salvadorans living in the United States. We worked with nine companies to improve their production, processing and export of traditional products such as pastries, frozen fruits, cheeses and other food items. The program also benefited rural farmers who produce the source materials needed by these companies. In addition, TechnoServe helped Salvadorans capitalize on remittances, which account for nearly 20 percent of the GDP, but are rarely used to fuel the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the key drivers of economic development. TechnoServe partnered with local and international microfinance institutions to identify ways to leverage remittances for this purpose.

Blog Posts

May 4, 2016

A Mother-Daughter Team Expands Nanny Services in El Salvador

Graciela Barrientos is working with her mother Elsa to build a successful childcare provider and training service in El Salvador.

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April 13, 2016

Addressing Youth Unemployment in Latin America

By engaging youth in entrepreneurship and agriculture, TechnoServe is working to create sustainable growth in the region.

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December 16, 2015

Better Coffee Harvest in Nicaragua

It's coffee harvest season in Nicaragua, and agronomic training is helping farmers like Juana Sanchez rebound after an outbreak of leaf rust that has devastated coffee farms throughout the region.

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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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