Rural Communities in Solidarity Program

About the program

It was created in 2009; it is a social program created in order to attend to families living in extreme poverty in El Salvador. It aims to contribute to comprehensively improve the living conditions and the exercise of citizenship of families and communities living in the 100 municipalities qualified with severe and high extreme poverty according to the country’s Poverty Map. It is implemented by the Social Investment Fund for Local Development of El Salvador (“Fondo de Inversión Social para el Desarrollo Local”).

Country El Salvador
Home 2009
Classification Infraestructura sanitaria, Labor market and wages, Pensiones, Cash transfers
FNS Dimension Acceso, Utilización


To provide comprehensive improvement in the living conditions of families living in extreme poverty, with emphasis on rural areas, by expanding their opportunities and providing the necessary resources, through the improvement of the network of basic services, productive development programs and micro credit. This is done in order to enhance the beneficiaries’ capabilities so as to enable them to seize these opportunities and improve the quality of personal, family and community life.

Components and/or products

Conditional Cash Transfers for Health and Education

  1. Health CCT: Families with children younger than 5 years of age or women who at the time of the census were pregnant receive USD$30.
  2. Education CCT: Families with children with ages from 5 to 18 who have not completed sixth grade receive USD$30.
  3. Health and Education CCT: Families with children under the age of 5 or with pregnant women at the time of the census; children of the age of 5 to 18 who have not completed the sixth grade, receive USD$40.

Families receiving the bonus must comply with the following responsibilities:

  1. Enrolling children under the age of 18 in school and support registered students in attending and studying from kindergarten through sixth grade.
  2. Register the family in health programs; attend child and prenatal health controls, meet the basic protocols of maternal and child health and vaccination.
  3. Attend family training, indicated by the Program.

Universal Basic Pension

Consists of financial support of USD$100, delivered twice a month, to the elderly. It is a part of the Program Our Greater Rights promoted by the Ministry of Social Inclusion.

Basic services

Complements and extends the effectiveness of the Health and Education CCT through community and basic social infrastructure. The basic social infrastructure refers to access to household water and rural electrification in 100 priority municipalities; strategic infrastructure includes improving schools and health facilities, rural roads and community infrastructure.

Income generation

Aims to provide families in extreme poverty with tools to be incorporated into productive activities to improve their income and assets, contributing to the reduction of risks and overcoming poverty. The components are:

  1. Building productive capacities for families;
  2. Promotion of employability;
  3. Strengthening local capacities for promoting economic development.


Interventions are designed to promote and ensure citizen participation and social inclusion, in spaces that allow local governments and organized citizenship, in order to enable joint development planning. This implies new land management, where the major challenge is to ensure active participation of organized citizenship.

Target population

Families from the 100 rural municipalities in Extreme Severe Poverty and High Poverty.



100 municipalities in Extreme Severe Poverty and High Poverty according to the national Poverty Map.

Geographical coverage Rural
Responsible organism

Social Investment Fund for Local Development of El Salvador

Responsible for the operation of the program and the technical and financial management

Executing organism Social Investment Fund for Local Development of El Salvador
Related institutions Secretaría Técnica de la Presidencia