El Salvador Women Market
Beneficiaries24,000
2010 — 20166 years
StatusOngoing
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO REACH OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF EL SALVADOR?
Tania VachonProject Manager, Central America

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. It faces a progressive degradation of its water resources, with increased erosion and sedimentation affecting water quality, reduced flow in many watercourses, recurrent droughts and erratic precipitation (which affect food security). In rural areas, 19% of the population is deprived of access to an improved water source, and 47% lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. The Morazán department is the driest region in El Salvador, and also the poorest—with 56% of families living in poverty. Life expectancy is the lowest in the country, as is monthly household income.

OUR KEY STRATEGIES

El Salvador is the first complete example of a microfinance component with Azula, the international microfinance fund created by ONE DROPTM, and it is a success. Equal male and female participation is achieved, and most loans are granted for starting or consolidating agricultural activities for the benefit of entire communities. Thanks to improved access to water, 30 family gardens were enlarged (by at least 50%) as part of the project to increase production and generate additional revenues. This improvement has a positive impact on livelihoods and living conditions. Additionally, with regards to the social arts component of the project, a regional youth network is set up with young leaders, following the success of the artistic workshops. This initiative provides the young participants with an alternative to juvenile delinquency, while offering them many opportunities to learn and develop their artistic skills.

HOW DID THIS PROJECT HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
AlejandraMother of 5

We grow many seeds and the production was good, which means less to buy and more savings. The money we save from growing our own vegetables can be used to buy other necessities for our home. Also, the plays convey the message that we can protect our environment and also protect our natural resources such as water, because we know that without water, we would not survive.

24,000
people educated

about water issues through artistic activities

99.7%
microloan

repayment rate

Up to 4
TIMES THE HARVEST YIELD PER YEAR

for beneficiaries

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Fish farming is made possible thanks to microloans.
Fish farming is made possible thanks to microloans.
Microloans allow local populations to increase their production and generate more revenues. Note that so far, 71% of microloans went towards agriculture.
Microloans allow local populations to increase their production and generate more revenues. Note that so far, 71% of microloans went towards agriculture.
So far, 51% of the microloans were granted to women, empowering them to be self-sufficient.
So far, 51% of the microloans were granted to women, empowering them to be self-sufficient.
A touring show was created and so far has reached approximately 24,000 people and raise awareness about water and sanitation.
A touring show was created and so far has reached approximately 24,000 people and raise awareness about water and sanitation.
1,100 families now have access to drip-irrigation systems to cultivate their gardens year-round.
1,100 families now have access to drip-irrigation systems to cultivate their gardens year-round.
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KEY PARTNERS FOR THE PROJECT

MAJOR FUNDING SOURCES
Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Audemars Piguet Foundation, La Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins

PROJECT COLLABORATOR
Oxfam-Québec

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