Date of Submission

Fall 2015

Academic Programs and Concentrations


Project Advisor 1

Mario Bick

Project Advisor 2

Nicole Caso

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Immigration and development have formed cyclical patterns of remittances to families and friends that are stable and total more than government spending and foreign aid in El Salvador. The gradual increments of remittances have scholars posing new questions about their long term mixed effect on families and communities. This research had relied on a questionnaire elaborated for a sample of participants from La Estrechura. The research questions were based on spending remittance and different incomes. Families who have received remittances are not in extreme poverty, but have spent most of their remittance on consumption, which included education and medicine. The verbal answers and the ranking section of the research design have indicated that rural families spent the most of their remittance on food, followed by medicine, and education. All participants owned their homes built by now with adequate materials and ate every day, which was above extreme poverty. Participants spent their money on consumables that include investments like education. However, the majority did not work and could not have sustained their families if remittances stopped arriving because families had not generated an additional form of income so they have depended on their relatives and friends abroad.

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