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November 2021


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Contacts for El Salvador

Foundation Representative

Juanita Roca

Program Assistant

Shervin Chambers

Local Liaison

Dilsia Avelar

Country Strategy

El Salvador struggles with violent crime, high unemployment—particularly among youth—and widespread poverty. This has led to have one of the world’s highest rates of U.S.-bound irregular migration. We invest in local organizations that prevent violence, reduce poverty, and lower irregular migration. Our grantee partners work with underserved groups including at-risk youth, indigenous people, and women in all 14 departments and nearly half of the country’s municipalities.

We awarded our first grant in El Salvador in 1972. Since then, we have provided $49.8 million through 276 grants to local organizations.

Projects in El Salvador

ordered by most recently awarded


2021 – PEOF

Fundación Perquín para el Fomento de Oportunidades Educativas (PEOF) promotes community empowerment through education, providing educational services and curricula to community organizations in the department of Morazán with an emphasis on education, sustainable agriculture, and market access.  

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2021 – ACOPAU

Asociación Cooperativa de Producción Agropecuaria de Usulután (ACOPAU) is a youth and women-led cooperative that is expanding the sustainable production and sale of honey and value-added products such as candles and shampoos to increase members' incomes.

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2021 – ACISAM

Asociación de Capacitación e Investigación para la Salud Mental (ACISAM) is a local organization working with individuals and community groups on mental health issues.

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2021 – CLAC

Fundación Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores y Trabajadores de Comercio Justo (CLAC), the Latin American representative of Fairtrade International's certified producers, will establish a joint COVID-19 recovery fund with the IAF that will support grassroots producer organizations from 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that are Fairtrade certified or aligned with fair trade principles.

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2021 – AMATE

Asociación Centro de Estudios de la Diversidad Sexual y Genérica - AMATE El Salvador (AMATE) is partnering with grassroots groups to strengthen local civil society organizations that help LGBTQ+ people, women, people with disabilities, and youth in eastern El Salvador increase their economic opportunities, access to public and private services, and protections for their political, social, and civil rights.

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2021 – MUPI

Fundación Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI) is carrying out a participatory community project that enables community members to assess the impact of the pandemic on their lives, with the goal of helping them rebuild frayed social connections and build resilience to disasters.

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2021-Red de Sobrevivientes

Fundación Red de Sobrevivientes y Personas con Discapacidad (Red de Sobrevivientes) is educating people with disabilities about their human rights, helping them access investment capital to strengthen their microenterprises, offering psychosocial support, and creating a national campaign to raise the public’s awareness of the rights of people with disabilities throughout El Salvador.

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2021 – FSM

Fundación Segundo Montes (FSM) assists young people to improve their communities in the municipalities of Meanguera, Jocoaitique, and San Fernando in the department of Morazán, by training them in  leadership, strengthening youth-led organizations, and supporting youth-led microenterprises. 

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2021 – ISEAC

Asociación Instituto Salvadoreño de Educación Cooperativa y Agricultura Orgánica (ISEAC) works in six rural communities in the department of Ahuachapán to strengthen agricultural practices, such as increasing diversification and organic production, to boost food security and increase collaboration between producers to enhance their livelihoods. 

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Staff working with projects in El Salvador