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Active grantees: 19
Commitment: $4,024,953
Counterpart value: $3,498,129
Total investment: $7,523,082
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, community enterprises, cultural expression, collectives, education/training, enterprise development, the environment.

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Rosemarie Moreken, Foundation Representative
Julia Toscano, Program Assistant
Rolando Gutierrez Hernandez, Local Liaison 

Active Grants

IMG_4888Voluntarios Construyendo El SalvadorConsejo para la Asistencia en Recursos y Técnicas del Área Rural de Oriente (CARTARO) will provide women in San Francisco Javier the training, technical assistance, equipment and infrastructure necessary to process fruit and cashews and sell their products. The women will manage a nursery that will grow young plants and contribute to reforestation.

Asociación Coordinadora de Comunidades Unidas de Usulután (COMUS) will form a marketing network in the municipalities of San Francisco Javier, San Agustín, Jiquilisco and Ozatlán and will otherwise work to expand microbusinesses, improve the distribution of their products, develop the organizational skills of community associations and increase family income. The project is expected to benefit 442 Salvadorans directly and 2,000 indirectly.

Asociación Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera Reyes del Sol de R.L. (Reyes del Sol) will provide training, technical advice, equipment and capital toward improving its members’ production, storage, processing and marketing of fish, and will develop its management and access to markets. The grant will benefit the cooperative’s 60 members directly and another 325 Salvadorans in San Francisco Menéndez, Ahuachapán, indirectly.

Asociación de Desarrollo Comunal Milagro de Dios (ADESCOMD) will help residents of five villages in San Alejo, La Union diversify their agricultural production to include cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, green beans and other vegetables, and protect their soil by applying organic fertilizer, constructing natural barriers and reforesting. The work will benefit 55 residents of San Alejo directly and 370 indirectly. 

Fundación Red de Sobrevivientes y Personas con Discapacidad (Red de Sobrevivientes) will work with grassroots disability groups and local authorities to create six municipal offices [OMADIS] that maintain a registry of disabled citizens, raise awareness of their needs, advocate for funding for their priorities and advise the respective local government on policy and practices. It will also develop the technical and administrative skills of 20 grassroots disability associations in the departments of La Paz, Cuscatlán, La Libertad and San Salvador. The project should benefit 1,200 Salvadorans directly and another 6,000 indirectly.

Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI). In collaboration with rural community organizations, MUPI will program exhibits and film forums on migration, women’s issues, environmental concerns and other topics and will train rural residents to manage and develop materials for exhibits. It will evaluate the impact of migration-related programming on the likelihood of young adults to migrate and will collaborate with diaspora organizations on cultural events in the U.S. The work will benefit 3,600 rural Salvadorans directly and 10,000 indirectly and should make MUPI stronger as an institution.

Asociación Comunal Comité de Desarrollo Turístico de Meanguera (CDT-Meanguera) Working with Asociación Cooperativa Mezcal, Historia y Color, CDT-Meanguera will help farmers in Morazán and microentrepreneurs generate income from tourism and other sources. The program includes training in production of crafts, the diversification of agriculture and food-processing and related technical assistance; support accessing markets; and the promotion of local attractions, products and services. The work should benefit 100 residents of Meanguera directly and 500 indirectly.

Asociación de Desarrollo Comunal Los Almendros (ADESCOLA) In collaboration with the Comité La Estrechura de Maryland (Comité La Estrechura), a U.S-based hometown association of Salvadorans, ADESCOLA will help young adults in La Estrechura, San Miguel, develop their leadership potential and jobs skills that include boat and automobile maintenance and electrical work. ADESCOLA expects 600 Salvadorans to benefit from better income; another 1,000 residents should benefit from the young people’s engagement in community development.

Asociación para el Desarrollo de Chinameca (ASDECHI) will provide training on agroecological practices for small-scale farmers in the municipality of Chinameca, El Salvador. Project activities will center on families, with an emphasis on the participation of young people, who will learn how to reduce the use of agrochemicals to improve the quality of their production and increase its yield. This project will benefit 950 Salvadorians directly and 1,700 more indirectly.

Fundación para el Desarrollo Socioeconómico y Restauración Ambiental (FUNDESYRAM) will engage Náhuatl Pipil residents from four communities in Nahuizalco, department of Sonsonate, to increase incomes and improve living conditions by organizing farmers and introducing agroecological practices, vegetable gardens and small animal production. It will also train farmers in marketing skills and develop marketplaces to sell their production. Some 720 individuals, mainly indigenous women and youths, will benefit directly and 2,000 more indirectly. 

Asociación Cincahuite para el Desarrollo Integral de las Comunidades del Sector Puerto Parada-Bahía de Jiquilisco (CINCAHUITE) will engage fishers and their families in Puerto Parada, Usulután to implement a natural resource management plan. The grant activities include a certificate training program for local residents on climate change; repopulating fish in Jiquilisco Bay through locally-managed artificial reefs; securing direct market access for fishing cooperatives; and peer-to-peer exchanges. Grant activities will benefit 135 people directly and 450 people indirectly. 

Asociación Intercomunal de Comunidades Unidas para el Desarrollo Económico y Social del Bajo Lempa (ACUDESBAL) will collaborate with three grassroots organizations to develop their resilience to climate change, improve agricultural production for food security while enhancing income-generating opportunities for smallholder farmers, women and young adults. The grant includes training, technical assistance and materials for residents on risk mitigation, sustainable agriculture and vocations; livestock, vegetables, grains, and shrimp; and peer-to-peer exchanges. ACUDESBAL anticipates that the grant will improve livelihoods and incorporate women and young adults into community life – especially those forced to seek work far from home due to lack of opportunities. Some 290 residents of 29 communities will benefit from activities directly and another 800 indirectly. 

Associación Nuevo Amanecer de El Salvador (ANADES) will train women and young people in San Julian and Cuisnahuat, to develop their leadership skills and employment prospects. The project will focus on training women in agroecology, savings and loan management, production management and value-added products to improve the participation and income for them and their families. ANADES expects to train 80 youth in positive roles for men and nursery maintenance. It will also develop its ANADES school model into an agroecology training facility. The grant will benefit 435 people directly and another 2,460 indirectly.

Associación de Jóvenes Pro Arte de Armenia (JOPROAR) will train 100 young people in four urban neighborhoods in Armenia to develop their leadership and civic engagement skills. JOPROAR will train the 130 youth in leadership, community engagement, violence prevention and improving job skills. JOPROAR will work with new community committees to decide on public spaces to rehabilitate. A youth-led organization, JOPROAR will improve its communications and management skills. The grant will benefit 250 people directly and another 3,700 indirectly.

Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos (Pro-Búsqueda) will work with young Salvadorans in 10 departments who face high levels of violence and poverty to develop their leadership and civic engagement skills, promote conflict resolution in their communities, and raise awareness on human rights. Pro-Búsqueda’s activities focus on a new generation of people living with the legacy of the civil war and concurrently coping with the impact of the present cycle of violence in the country. Pro-Búsqueda will assess the conditions that affect young family members of disappeared as well as their psycho-social needs. Program activities also include support for their economic initiatives. The Grant will directly benefit 141 young adults affected by disappearances from the civil war and by current violence and will indirectly benefit at least 705 Salvadorans.

Associación Intersectorial para el Desarrollo Economico y Progreso Social (CIDEP) works with young people in six municipalities of El Salvador who face high violence rates. CIDEP’s methodology not only reaches children and adolescents to give them job and life skills, but also involves and builds supportive local alliances of public authorities and civil society to sustain efforts. It will train young adults in the municipalities of Mejicanos, Ciudad Delgado, Cuscatancingo, Tecoluca, Zacatecoluca and Jiqulisco in leadership, violence prevention, art and culture, and job skills. These young people will form groups and organize community events to promote the culture of peace amidst violent neighborhoods. The grant will benefit 630 people directly and another 4,750 indirectly.

Asociación para el Desarrollo Sostenible de El Salvador (Popol Na), in coordination with the municipal environmental committee and the Asociación Cooperativa de Comercialización, Aprovisionamiento y Producción Agropecuaria (Rigoberto Orellana) ACOPARO will train 60 farmers in sustainable, organic agricultural production to improve food security and create economic alternatives to migration. Participants will undertake a community mapping exercise of Nuevo Eden, San Miguel to determine environmental, social and economic risks to guide decision making. Popol Na will strengthen its skills as a grassroots support organization. The grant will benefit 60 persons directly and 300 persons indirectly.

Associación Agropecuaria de Mujeres Produciendo en la Tierra R.L. (AMSATI) will work with 40 women to increase their leadership, networking and advocacy skills, and business development skills. The women will launch four social enterprises in the areas of animal husbandry and agriculture, with the goal of increasing their income. AMSATI will develop a cohort of 60 trainers to strengthen the organization’s capacity and reach more members. The grant will benefit 100 women directly in the municipalities of Izalco and San Francisco Menendez and another 2,188 indirectly, across the country.

Asociación de Desarrollo Comunal El Rodeo (ADESCOER) provides technical assistance to families in three hamlets of Polorós, La Unión, to diversify family farms via crop, poultry and improved beef and dairy cattle production.