Latin America

El Salvador

The project in El Salvador is intended to contribute to financial inclusion in the country through its long-standing cooperation with FEDECACES (Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives), focusing on financial education, improved financial services and the continuous expansion of service points in the country.

About the project

Unfortunately, in El Salvador the various cooperative sectors haven´t worked in close cooperation so far. The DGRV’s new cooperation with the federation FEDECOOPADES from the agricultural sector and FEDECACES from the financial sector is intended to strengthen an inter-sectoral exchange and promote the creation of new networks.

The advisory and training activities of the project contribute to the institutional strengthening of the federations as well as the professionalization of the employees of FEDECACES and FEDECOOPADES. Here, special attention is paid to the promotion of SCC and agricultural cooperatives, as their members, mostly small and micro-producers as well as marginalized groups and those threatened by displacement, should also benefit from the project measures. Through special training programs for financial education, the MSMEs and members of the SCC or agricultural cooperatives are reached as a direct target group. As in particular agricultural cooperatives and their members often have weak governance structures, the advisory activities of DGRV also aim to create a functioning supervisory board and established committees, such as credit, training or women’s committees.

Pursuing the goal of integrating SCC in banking supervision, DGRV punctually collaborates with representatives of the government and the central bank in El Salvador.
Cooperative insurance services and renewable energies cooperatives are also promoted.

Social Development Goals

The project objectives and its expected impact in El Salvador are based on the 2030 Agenda and the related National Development Plan. In particular, the increase in agricultural productivity and the incomes of small food producers and family farms (SDG 2), the access of MSMEs to financial services and their integration into value chains and markets (SDG 9) are the focal points of the project.


The principal activities of DGRV’s project in El Salvador can be summarized across sectors with the following topics:

  • Advising the cooperative associations on strengthening their governance structures
  • Building cross-sectoral networks
  • Supporting the development and introduction of a model to integrate SCC in the financial supervision from El Salvador
  • Strengthening the Deposit Guarantee Fund
  • Implementing sustainable finance and insurance products


Association of Savings and Credit Cooperatives of El Salvador (FEDECACES)

FEDECACES is a cooperative association with 28 member cooperatives and more than 115 affiliated branches serving different sectors of the Salvadoran population.


Association of Agricultural Cooperatives (FEDECOOPADES)

FEDECOOPADES has existed for the last 40 years and offers various services to the 12 affiliated cooperatives and also represents them in their economic, social and political interests.


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