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El Salvador Presentation

  1. 1. Peace Corps El Salvador Allison Stewart 2004 - 2007 Social Entrepreneurship in El Salvador
  2. 2. Santa Catarina Masahuat
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Civil War throughout the 80s; Peace Accords signed in 1992 </li></ul><ul><li>Politics – Same party president for last 5 terms; decentralization </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Disasters – Hurricane Mitch, Earthquake in 2001, Active Volcanoes </li></ul><ul><li>Over 60% of population live in poverty </li></ul><ul><li>$75/month average salary for family of 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Remittances; 25% of Salvadorans live in United States </li></ul><ul><li>Education – Low, but improving </li></ul>
  4. 4. Supporting a family in El Salvador <ul><li>Agriculture (beans & corn) May – Sept. </li></ul><ul><li>Coffee Picking – Nov. Dec. and Jan. </li></ul><ul><li>Other options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>making & selling food, buying clothing or other items and going door-to-door to sell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction, selling pirated CDs, washing clothes, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UNDEREMPLOYMENT / INFORMAL ECONOMY </li></ul>
  5. 5. Social Entrepreneur <ul><li>Someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. They assess their success in terms of the impact they have on society. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul>
  6. 6. My role – Peace Corps Municipal Development Volunteer <ul><li>Work directly with the town hall, schools, community groups to improve the quality of life of Salvadorans in Santa Catarina Masahuat, Department of Sonsonate </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher, Motivator, Advisor, Community Member, Leader, Facilitator, Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Tools: Project Management/Business Planning </li></ul>
  7. 7. Major Projects <ul><li>Built 2 classrooms through USAID grant </li></ul><ul><li>Constructed 100 school desks through local workshop – Peace Corps Partnership Grant </li></ul><ul><li>19 computers through World Computer Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Reforestation Project – over 1000 trees </li></ul><ul><li>Library Project – Rotary International </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management Workshop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Farmers’ cooperative, community chicken farm, classrooms for school, latrine project, building a outdoor meeting area </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Group Trainings: Formalized two community groups with legal status, trained numerous others on basic skills </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Development – Life Skills, Job Preparation, Micro-enterprise, Leadership; Numerous Workshops & Camps, Computer Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships for High School Students </li></ul>
  8. 8. Obstacles <ul><li>Slow process </li></ul><ul><li>Time is different – On time is 1 ½ hours after the stated meeting time </li></ul><ul><li>Have to work with the community to get to the REAL needs (the ones they identify and are willing to work for) </li></ul><ul><li>Low resource environment </li></ul><ul><li>Low Education Levels (60% of adults in Santa Catarina can’t read) </li></ul><ul><li>Other Cultural Differences/Language Barrier </li></ul>
  9. 10. Why do this work? <ul><li>Social Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Belief in Sustainable Development </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to help people help themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships/People </li></ul><ul><li>Best Feeling in the World when a Project is Successful </li></ul>
  10. 11. My Town <ul><li>Santa Catarina Masahuat, Sonsonate </li></ul>

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