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
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.


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.
El Salvador, Guatemala
Coaching, certification and psychosocial support for returnee migrants
The large number of Guatemalan and Salvadoran migrants who have returned to their home country in recent years poses significant challenges for their sustainable reintegration, especially in terms of finding employment. Swisscontact has been successful in assisting the reintegration process of migrants since 2016, as demonstrated by the case study "Supporting returnees’ employment in Guatemala" where the New Opportunities project takes centre stage.
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. 

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