YOUTH AND WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, FINANCED BY ILO

  

As a strategy to care for the "Elimination of child labor in El Salvador through economic empowerment and social inclusion", Centromype Foundation, performed the consulting project called "Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Development Services to Create Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Business Plans Development and Seed Money Grants." This project was executed for the International Labour Organization (ILO).

 

The consultancy involved 300 households of working children in different municipalities of El Salvador, such as Tecoluca, Juayua, Izalco, San Francisco Menéndez, Jiquilisco, Sensuntepeque, Apastepeque, Aguilares and Santiago Nonualco.

This initiative is part of a new generation of plans to reduce child labor, linked to a broader strategy that involves long-term poverty reduction, social inclusion and development goals. It is guided by an Integrated Territorial Approach, in which the elimination of child labor is be managed within the framework of poverty alleviation process and aims to reach all children who work or are at risk of doing so. This is done by empowering  local communities, improving the livelihood of the family and strengthening the educational system in their inclusive models; creating geographical or administrative areas "free territories of child labor," thus, making it easier to replicate and extend the project to other communities.

The ILO, through CENTROMYPE seeks to develop income generation alternatives for women and youth belonging to families of working children. For this purpose, a set of services to improve and strengthen the livelihoods of households of working children was provided, enabling them to increase their income and eliminating the need for child labor as a complementary source of money.

In the process, Centromype worked with 284 entrepreneurs and 18 initiatives. As a result, Centromype encouraged and supported the creation of 278 new business initiatives, mainly those dedicated to raising laying hens (243), Bakery (4), Piñateria (1) pastry (1), basic grains (12) and various activities such as tailoring, pupuserías and tortillas (17). Regarding social impact, an important aspect to mention is that the total business initiatives that emerge with the support of the project, 92 were male beneficiaries (31%) and 210 (69%) were women, many of them single parents and only two were groupal initiatives.

To enable the beneficiaries to receive adequate support from the project (including seed capital), benefits were delivered in strategic locations near the communities.