Entrepreneurship and Employment Generation Initiative to Aid Economic Development in Colonia Escalón, El Salvador

A public-private alliance of the USAID, Business Foundation for Social Action (FUNDEMAS), Educational Initiatives Fund (FIDES), the Rafael Meza Ayau Foundation and Agrisal Group to aid economic growth in nine marginal communities in Colinia Escalon, with a total investment of more than USD 1 million.

Sustainable Communities: Entrepreneurship and Employment Generation

USAID, along with Business Foundation for Social Action (FUNDEMAS), Educational Initiatives Fund (FIDES), Rafael Meza Ayau Foundation, Agrisal Group and Escalon Initiative form the “Sustainable Communities: Entrepreneurship and Employment Generation” Alliance. This public-private alliance involves nine communities of the Escalón neighborhood in San Salvador in the area’s integrated development. The specific focus of the alliance is employment generation for women and youth and enhancing competitiveness of the SMEs from the nine communities. This project will offer multiple benefits: employment generation, increased incomes, improvement of quality of life and reduction of violence levels. It is expected that the alliance will strengthen the creation of micro and small businesses in the communities, help existing small and medium business, and develop job skills among the local population, all of which will be carried out in an environment that supports gender equality and focuses on generating job opportunities for youth. The total investment exceeds $1 million between USAID ($500,000), Agrisal Group ($125,000), the Rafael Meza Ayau Foundation ($125,000), FIDES (US$250,000) and an in-kind donation by FUNDEMAS ($100,000). The nine communities involved in the Alliance are: the October 12 community, San Diego, La Pedrera, Nueva Esperanza, Francisco Núñez Arrué Association, el Valle de Oro I y II, Rosa Linda and Las Lajas.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Fundación Empresarial para la Acción Social - FUNDEMAS

    El Salvador | Staff size: Unknown

    The Business Foundation for Social Action, FUNDEMAS, was founded in 2000 with the aim of contributing to economic and social development of El Salvador, promoting Corporate Social Responsibility...

  • Grupo AGRISAL

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    El Salvador | Staff size: 6-25

    Grupo AGRISAL is a business group from El Salvador that was established in 1906. Grupo AGRISAL specializes in the areas of real estate, hotels and automotives.

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Key Information

LocationLatin America and Caribbean, El Salvador
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 1 Million