20 small and medium Salvadoran enterprises (SMEs) have improved their productivity and quality of goods with the Japanese 5S (Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke) and Kaizen methods through JICA’s technical cooperation “Project for Capacity Building of Facilitators on Improving Productivity and Quality for Small and Medium Enterprise”. Nory sewing company in Usulutan, which also adopted the Kaizen system, has reduced errors in the production and improved spending control costs and strengthened teamwork. Jose Benjamin Díaz factory in San Miguel, which has also increased the production 20% while sales increased 10% due to the order of their facilities and labor integration.
Under the project for supporting small-scale farmers in the eastern region, JICA has not only provided them with training on the process from the production to the marketing of provided vegetables, but has also provided inputs such as seeds and irrigation equipment to produce organic fertilizer. Now the farmers have established their own agricultural market to sell their produce.
A powerful earthquake hit El Salvador in 2001 and destroyed many housings, mostly those of impoverished families. In collaboration with the Salvadorian Government, JICA launched a project "Enhancement of Technology for the Construction of Earthquake-Resistant Popular Housing" between 2003 and 2008. Another project for the Enhancement of Technology for the Construction of Earthquake-Resistant Housing is now being carried out with collaboration among the Government, the academia and the industry section.
The Project for Shellfish Aquaculture Development in the Republic of El Salvador has, over the last ten years, established technology for shellfish aquaculture development applicable to small-scale fishermen and improved their livelihood through the collection of a variety of mollusks.