The Struggles of Living in Rural Areas of El Salvador
It is 4 a.m. in rural Ahuachapan in western El Salvador. Rogelio Campos, a worker on a private farm that grows corn and beans and raises cattle and pigs, has already been awake for 30 minutes, ready to start his working day. His wife Maria has been awake for longer. She makes the coffee and … Read more
Poverty in El Salvador, an Issue that Leads to Crime and Migration
In 2019, the rate of poverty in El Salvador was 22.8%. In 2020, because of the pandemic, it grew to 26.2%. In 2021, El Salvador’s poverty rate is expected to increase even more. The country’s GDP declined by -8.58% in 2020; this drop will impact the number of people living in poverty in El Salvador … Read more
The trash problem in El Salvador. It can’t be ignored anymore!
The trash problem in El Salvador is an issue that has been around for years and continues to grow. Over 60% of urban areas have problems with trash in sidewalks, vacant lots, parks, empty fields, and alleys. Garbage is one of the principal reasons the country has poor water quality and high air pollution. Many … Read more
Fear of crime and financial problems discourages university enrollment in El Salvador
Layla Chávez, a 23-year-old accounting major from a small town in eastern El Salvador, was afraid when she moved to the capital to go to university. Not only was it a financial challenge, but she also takes care of … Read more
How much damage will the U.S. Engel List do to the Bukele administration in El Salvador?
On Thursday, July 1, the highly anticipated corruption list, or Engel list as is popularly known, was made public by the U.S. State Department. The released corruption list includes four top officials currently part of the Nayib Bukele administration and two of Bukele’s ex-ministers. The so-called Engel List gets its name from then-U.S. Representative Eliot … Read more
El Salvador’s small business owners uncertain about Bitcoin
On Tuesday, June 8, Salvadoran Congress passed a new law making El Salvador the first country in the world to classify bitcoin as a legal currency. The lawmakers, with 62 out of 84 votes, approved President Nayib Bukele’s proposal to embrace cryptocurrency. The Salvadoran government believes Bitcoin will… Read More
Removal of the attorney general and magistrates is alarming everyone but most Salvadorans
The newly elected Salvador legislature began its three-year term. This day is usually a formality with activities such as the swearing-in ceremony of all newly elected deputies. But not this time. In an unprecedented move, the Legislative Assembly voted to fire all five magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Judicial Court and… Read more