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Reconstruyendo la comunidad de La Carpio por medio de la educación cultural

Iniciamos una serie explorando cómo la organización SIFAIS está logrando una transformación profunda en la comunidad de La Carpio.

La Carpio’s cultural rebellion

In the fourth and final installment in our series on SIFAIS and its work in La Carpio, we ask a simple question: what would each Costa Rican have to do to replicate this project in needy communities nationwide?

Costa Rica records lowest poverty figures in seven years

Research by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses found that 20.5 percent of households in Costa Rica live in poverty.

Costa Rica poverty hits young people the hardest, says new survey

President Luis Guillermo Solís said a new poverty index, created by Oxford University, puts people over statistics. The index reported that 21.8 percent of Costa Rican households are considered poor, totaling 1.26 million people.

More than 1.1 million Costa Ricans live in poverty

Poverty in Costa Rica dropped slightly over the past year, but extreme poverty continues to rise -- to 7.2 percent in 2015, according to the latest census institute survey.

PHOTOS: Human rights office uses images to show the everyday side of poverty in Costa Rica

Eighty students from across Costa Rica participated in a photo course designed to explore the theme of poverty in everyday life. The photographs will be on display at the National Museum this weekend until Sunday, Sept. 27.

Costa Rica meets Millennium Development Goal for hunger reduction

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) named Costa Rica among 72 countries (of 129 evaluated) that achieved the Millennium Development Goal of cutting in half by a 2015 deadline the number of residents living in situations of hunger.

Costa Rican government launches new anti-poverty plan aimed at helping 54,600 families

President Solís' plan aims to unify all 30 of the government's current aid programs into a single welfare system called the “Unique System of Beneficiaries.”

Costa Rican lawmakers move forward with bill to lower cap on rent hikes

If approved by the full Assembly, yearly rent increases would be capped at 10 percent, down from the current 15 percent.

Housing Ministry again postpones relocation of San José slum

The deadline to clear lands currently occupied by a slum known as Triángulo de la Solidaridad expires on March 28, but the Housing Ministry on Tuesday said they will need at least three more months to complete the relocation.

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