El Salvador

In El Salvador, Swisscontact began its cooperation in local economic development in 1996 and later extended its experience in value chains, air quality and vocational technical training, with the main objective of favouring the country's vulnerable population. We are currently expanding our experience to include assistance to returned migrants, working in coordination with public entities, local governments and the private sector. In El Salvador, Swisscontact creates opportunities to improve people's lives through a systemic and integrative approach that seeks the sustainability of the initiatives supported, provides innovative solutions to challenges and obstacles, and promotes the integration of the different parties involved.

facts and figures

  • Area: 21,041 km²
  • Population: 6,486,000
  • Capital: San Salvador

Swisscontact in El Salvador

  • since 1996


El Salvador, Guatemala
Labour market insertion
Nuevas Oportunidades: productive reintegration of returned migrants
The project seeks the economic reintegration of returned migrants. It enables returned migrants to certify the skills they have acquired in the United States or Mexico. After certification, they are supported in finding a job or starting their own business.
El Salvador
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Gene-Sis: Creating new opportunities for returned migrants
This project addresses one of the most pressing humanitarian crises in Central America. Thousands of migrants are forced every year to return to their home countries. Back in their country, many returning migrants face difficulties: although most returnees have no criminal background, the deportees are perceived as criminals by their fellow citizens and have difficulty integrating into the labour market. At the same time, these practically experienced skilled workers bear great potential as there is a demand for qualified workers in growing economic sectors.


El Salvador
Labour market insertion
Project case study Central America: New opportunities for returning migrants
Central America is currently enduring one of the greatest humanitarian crises in its history: thousands are fleeing poverty, violence, and lack of opportunity and migrating north. At the same time, in 2020 more than 90,000 returned to their countries of origin from the United States and Mexico, and many more had been deported. Since 2016, Swisscontact has been implementing the Nuevas Opportunidades (“New Opportunities”) project for the economic and social reintegration of these returnees.
El Salvador, Guatemala
Labour market insertion
Podcast Episode on the Reintegration of Returning Migrants
Saul Diaz Ortiz, Regional Director of Swisscontact in Latin America, is addressing the unique needs of returning migrants through partnerships with individuals, communities, government, and businesses. In the podcast VOICES - Conversations on Business and Human Rights from Around the World of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, he details his experience of identifying and boosting the economy of the returning migrants' countries of origin when they are properly integrated into society.
Bolivia, Peru, El Salvador
Supporting Businesses in Latin America adapting to the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis
It is just over a year since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Latin America. According to the World Bank, Latin America has become the region hit hardest by the pandemic. Learn more in this LinkedIn article of Swisscontact CEO Samuel Bon.
Country Director Nicaragua and El Salvador
Ricardo Javier Fernández


Swisscontact has been implementing specific projects in El Salvador since 1996 in the following thematic areas: 

  1. Vocational training: Productive employment and income generation through market-oriented vocational training with better access to the labor market. 
  2. Business promotion: Strengthening the productivity and competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies through sustainable value chains, improved market access and development of the local economy. 
  3. Inclusive finance: Strengthen entrepreneurs by improving their access to financial services and products, as well as basic financial training. 
  4. Climate-friendly economy: Creation of green jobs through efficient use of natural resources and ecological production. 
Latin America Regional Report 2021
In 2021, Swisscontact Latin America continued to strengthen synergies with the private and public sectors with the aim of achieving more equal, inclusive and resilient societies that are able to meet the challenges and difficulties facing the region.
Nuestro equipo en El Salvador
Fomento de la Competitividad para una Apicultura Sostenible
El Proyecto Mejora del Acceso a Mercados Globales y al Financiamiento para los Pequeños Apicultores (ATN/ME-15243-RG) mejor conocido como Fomento de la Competitividad para una Apicultura Sostenible (FOCAPIS) creó oportunidades para que los apicultores de El Salvador y Nicaragua tuvieran acceso a mercados de mayor valor a través del apoyo al proceso de certificación orgánica y al fomento de la diversificación de los productos derivados de la colmena.


Swisscontact El Salvador
Residencial Escalonia
y Calle Escalonia Casa # 14-E
Colo­nia Escalón
San Salvador