Costa Rica

 

ABOUT COSTA RICA

  • Costa Rica is pronounced [kos-tuh ree-kuh].
  • Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west. 
  • It has a population of around 4.5 million people.
  • In 2015, it was recorded that more than 1.1 million Costa Ricans live in poverty and Costa Rica is often a destination country for sex tourism and trafficking.

ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP
This group of artisans from Costa Rica once struggled to raise their families in this gang and drug infested area, but through creating these products are now able to provide for their families and their communities. This group is led by a man called Pastor Fran and his wife Illeana, who are passionate about helping their community thrive. Through this opportunity, the women working in this group are learning that their dreams matter and that they have value. Sustainable business teaches these women how important they truly are, and these women are able to pass this sense of dignity down to their children, shaping Costa Rica’s next generation!

THE ARTISANS: IVANIA

Ivania working in her home

Ivania is a mother that lives in the slum area of Costa Rica. She has a child with a disability, making it hard to be away from the home all day during work. With this artisan group, Ivania is able to work from home and take care of her children in the way they deserve. 

THE ARTISANS: MARIA

Maria working in the workplace

Maria is a grandmother living with and supporting her daughter, a single mother, along with her four grandchildren. Maria says that working with Trades of Hope supports her family. She says her heart is filled with joy and gratitude for the ability to send the children to a good school. 

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ABOUT COSTA RICA SOURCES

  1.  www.CIA.gov
  2. Protection Project 
  3.  www.osac.gov