According to World Bank data, 37,8% of Salvadorans lived at or below the poverty line in 2010. Six of every ten Salvadorans who work in agriculture are poor, and one of four live in extreme poverty. The United Nations Development Program’s 2010 Human Development Index (HDI) shows that social risk accompanies these poverty rates. El Salvador’s low human development rate is associated not only with the population’s limited access to education and resources, but with high rates of gender discrimination, homicide, and domestic violence.
These conditions are visible throughout the country, but they are particularly characteristic of the Miraflores and Valle de La Esperanza areas targeted by this project. LWR is working with its counterpart of years, APSIES (El Salvador Health and Intercommunal Social Service Association) to address some of these development challenges by improving the livelihoods of 300 poor and at-risk families.
APSIES has been working with LWR since 1999. Its mission is to orient Salvadoran civil society toward sustainable social development in order to contribute to improve the quality of life, especially for families living in the Eastern region of El Salvador.
The project’s focus is on decreasing the poverty and vulnerability of rural populations in the region of Valle de la Esperanza and Miraflores. The work aims to strengthen the population’s social support networks and their capacity to access new funding sources and development programs of the government of El Salvador, especially to those related to the government’s five-year Agricultural and Livestock Sector Development Plan, which provides funding and technical training from 2010 to 2014.
As a result of the project, participating families will have increased their incomes, built their capacity to access government programs, and established programs and associations for engaging youth in civic activities.
- Help 300 families to leverage $300,000 in credit, financing, or technical assistance from government entities.
- Increase families’ income to a monthly minimum of $175 through strengthening community associations, agricultural production and diversification of economic activities.
- Engage 100 youth in programs of social risk prevention and create two youth associations to increase their civic engagement.
- Build APSIES’ institutional capacity to allow it to work as an intermediary between government agencies and grassroots organizations linked to the rural families and youth participants.