El Salvador

En El Salvador, Swisscontact inició su cooperación en desarrollo económico local en 1996 y luego amplió su experiencia en cadenas de valor, calidad del aire y formación técnico vocacional, con el principal objetivo de favorecer a la población vulnerable del país. Actualmente estamos ampliando nuestra experiencia para incluir la atención a migrantes retornados, trabajando en coordinación con entidades públicas, gobiernos locales y el sector privado. En El Salvador, Swisscontact crea oportunidades para mejorar la vida de las personas a través de un enfoque sistémico e integrador que busca la sostenibilidad de las iniciativas apoyadas, brinda soluciones innovadoras a desafíos y obstáculos y promueve la integración de las diferentes partes involucradas.

facts and figures

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

Swisscontact in El Salvador

  • since 1996


Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras
Perspectives for Returnees through Social and Professional Integration
This programme aims to improve the social and occupational integration of migrants who have returned to their home countries and individuals vulnerable to irregular migration.
El Salvador
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and Reskilling, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Migration
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, Guatemala
Labour market insertion, Migration
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.


Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala
Sustainable agriculture, Green cities, Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Investing in women drives progress
This Women's Day, Swisscontact joins the UN's theme “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress” because we believe that on the road to progress and equality, investment in women plays a fundamental role: it can generate economic growth, innovation and creativity, develops communities, and it promotes sustainability and equality.
El Salvador
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Upskilling and Reskilling
Supporting entrepreneurial dreams – the story of Juana Haydee Lazo de Brunes
In Southeastern El Salvador in municipality of Santa Rosa de Lima, a hot dog cart has become a gastronomic oasis for hundreds of local residents and tourists travelling through the city. This venture called "Los Lacitos" – meaning little ties – has changed the life of its founder Juana Haydee Lazo de Brunes in a way no one could have imagined.
El Salvador
Upskilling and Reskilling
Tony's inspiring Journey from Migrant to successful local Entrepreneur
In search of a better life, many people in El Salvador venture north, selling everything for an uncertain journey. The story of Tony Joel Solís Sánchez is one of overcoming challenges and determination to forge opportunities in the region. His "American Dream" is now a "Salvadoran Dream", driven by his desire to stay, to grow his business, and to invest in his country.
Directora País
Beatriz Cartagena


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. 
Nuestro equipo en El Salvador


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