Small and Medium Enterprises Development Program

Project Dates: October 2011 - December 2016

Employing more than one-third of El Salvador’s workforce, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a critical role in the country’s economic stability.


SMEs account for almost all of Salvadoran businesses, employing more than one-third of the national workforce and generating nearly half of the country’s gross domestic product. USAID’s Small and Medium Enterprises Development Program worked with the Ministry of Economy, the private sector, and international cooperation agencies to strengthen the country’s SMEs. To create a more open, diversified economy, the project implemented institutional improvements and expanded business activities in both domestic and export markets.