Women in El Salvador face high levels of violence and gender discrimination, which limits their security and economic autonomy, causing many to migrate in search of a better life. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to create economic opportunities that provide alternatives to irregular migration. Our grantee partner, Asociación Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito y Comercialización “Mujeres Dispuestas a Triunfar” (ACOMUDT), provides training in women’s rights, safety, and economic freedoms to its network of rural women in 23 communities of Usulután. Members of the network then replicate the training within their communities, bolstering women’s economic resilience, as well as engage local governments in creating economic opportunities for women within their home communities.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America. The grant also contributes to the IAF’s Women INvesting in Growth and Security (WINGS) initiative to empower women as business and community leaders.